Daily Property Crime in the Foothills: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2 Stolen Vehicles: 800-block of Marie Park St NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 1100-block of Maxine St NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 12000-block of Paisano Ct NE: 1318 hr.
Spring Crime Prevention: Along with spring comes a desire to tidy up the yard, do some planting, clean out the garage and throw open the windows for fresh breezes. Here are a few crime prevention tips for spring when around the house:
- When doing yard work, keep the front door locked and the garage door closed. Open each as needed and keep the front door key in your pocket if you need to, rather than leaving the door open or unlocked. Burglars have been noted making entry into homes and garages and the vehicles in the garages while the homeowner is doing yard work in the back yard. There was one case reported yesterday in the Foothills Area Command where the home owner was working in the back yard and the burglar entered via the front door and stole vehicle keys and a wallet.
- Check window screens and replace any torn, loose or damaged screens. Burglars remove screens to enter via unlocked or open windows.
- Do you like a breeze through the house? Then invest in additional locking mechanisms for your windows and sliding glass doors. There are several on the market and they are inexpensive and easy to install. These are designed to allow a window to be open a few inches and prevent the window from being lifted or slid out of the tracks by a burglar trying to enter the home.
- This is a good time to trim overgrown landscaping. Crime Prevention guidelines are to start tree canopies at 6 feet or higher and to trim shrubs to 3 or 3 1/2 feet tall to prevent hiding spots and to open up sight lines. With open sight lines, you should be able to see to the street from inside your home and the neighbors should be able to see to your home and especially your front door and side gates/fencing that lead to your back yard.
- Keep sheds locked. Sheds are convenient hiding places for burglars being chased by officers through neighborhoods.
- Keep paths clear of hoses, toys, etc. to prevent trips and falls on your property.
- Spring is a great time to clean your light covers with warm soapy water to rinse out the dirt and debris. Per the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, cleaning light covers every few years can boost your lighting by as much as 50%! Check for unscrewed or burned out bulbs.
- Cameras: Wipe lenses clean and clear away any cobwebs. Add any cameras for areas with blind spots or that are not covered – your aim is 360-degree coverage around your home.
- Register your home surveillance cameras with the Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) at www.cabq.gov/scan.
- Get a free “No Solicitors” sign at your local APD substation. Post near your front door on on your gate to send the message that you do not want to be bothered by door to door solicitation.
- Book a home security assessment with your APD Crime Prevention Specialist. These are free and you will be provided with a checklist of recommendations.
- Start a Neighborhood Watch: to get a starter kit, contact Laura Kuehn at 256-2050.
Have a great day and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command