We had two reports of ‘warm up’ auto thefts in the Foothills Area Command yesterday. One vehicle was left by the owner running, key in the ignition, in the driveway and was recovered later in the morning near San Mateo and Comanche Rd NE with the keys still in the ignition. The other ‘warm up’ auto theft involved a vehicle left running,unattended in an open garage and the suspect entered the open garage and stole the vehicle, all of which took place in five minutes. These are preventable crimes — please do not leave your vehicle running and walk away. You may have ‘beaten the odds’ in the past, but these are crimes of opportunity and just too easy for a motivated criminal to pass up.
Property crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, March 21st:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 11000-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
2 “Warm Up” Auto Thefts: 3500-block of Pitt St NE, 12000-block of Vienna Dr NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 10600-block of Towner Ave NE, 1600-block of Zena Lona St NE.
4 Auto Burglaries: 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 10300-block of Casador Del Oso NE, 5800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.
Entries: Broke window for one incident. The rest of the reported auto burglaries were not documented at time of research and no vehicle damage for the three remaining cases noted. Were three of the four cases unforced entries? I can’t be sure, but ….
Items stolen: Checks, checkbook; checks being passed locally two months after the burglary (this auto burglary was a delayed report by two months). If your checks, credit cards, etc. are stolen it is important to contact the financial institution/issuer immediately so they can work with you to close the account and to file a police report to document the incident.
Briefcase with civic club information inside — remember, when you are entrusted with club, group, employer data and property those items need to be secured and if stolen, put several at risk of identity theft or other crimes versus just your information being compromised.
So many crimes are preventable – take a hard look at your habits regarding securing your property. Are there things you can change for the better? I am here to help – call me or email me if you have questions – 768-2220 or email@example.com.
Have a great day and be safe –
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command