Trending Tuesday: APD’s Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the past seven day period of 3/19 – 3/25 APD took 161 auto burglary reports (city-wide). Of the six APD Area Commands, the Foothills Area Command logged 22 auto burglaries reported, which put us a bit below the mid-range for auto burglaries reported during that seven day period. The APD Area Commands ranged from a low of 11 reported in seven days to a high of 48 reported for those seven days. These are crimes of opportunity, they can happen anywhere and at any time — it just depends upon the motivation of the criminal, the perceived level of risk to the criminal and if the victim made it easy for the criminal. Again, as I say frequently: removed all articles of value and personal information and lock up!
Hot Wheels: Our Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the same seven day period (3/19-3/25) APD took 80 stolen vehicle reports city-wide. We seem to be trending downward a bit; for the 3/5-3/11 period 94 auto thefts were reported in Albuquerque and for the 3/12-3/18 period 90 auto thefts were reported. Crime Analysis Unit also reports that the most popular places to steal vehicles for the 3/19-3/25 period were: single family residential neighborhoods (25 auto thefts), apartments (18) and then from 6-2 incidents reported from businesses, restaurants, hotels, medical facilities, schools, fitness centers and car dealerships/mechanics. The most popular vehicles stolen for that seven day period were Fords (11/5 of 11 were pick ups), Hyundais (9/5 of 9 were Sorentos), and GMCs (8/4 Yukons and 4 Sierras). The Foothills Area Command took 10 stolen vehicle reports that week, at the low end of the numbers reported by Area Command. The auto theft numbers ranged city-wide from a high of 22 stolen in seven days to a low of 9. Auto thefts are also crimes of opportunity: if you haven’t already, it may be time to consider alarms, anti-theft devices such a steering wheel or brake locks, parking in secured garages, etc. Of course, never leave your vehicle with the keys inside, warming up and unattended.
Property Crimes that were reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, March 26:
4 Commercial Burglaries: 13300-block of Central NE, three at the same address on the 1900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd .
1 Residential Burglary: 3000-block of Camino De La Sierra NE.
2 Auto Burglaries: 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 10600-block of Montgomery Blvd NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicle, window broken on the second vehicle. Items stolen: Wallet, Social Security card,laptop, messenger bag, oxygen reader.
Be safe everyone,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command