$21,000 + Haul in 24 Hours Worth of Crime: Yesterday one area of the Foothills had multiple auto burglaries and the damage was significant. Items left inside unattended vehicles totaled up to over $21,000 easily. Callers reported that vehicles were entered by breaking windows or merely opening the unlocked door. One vehicle was entered via a camper shell. Items stolen tallied up to: $20,000 of jewelry, $1,000 cash, a cell phone, 30 promotional shirts, vehicle registration and insurance documents and a testing kit. Please mentally review what you are leaving in your vehicle when you park and walk away. Is it worth risking a burglary rather than bringing items inside to a secure place? Is it worth parking outside in the driveway or curb side versus cleaning out the garage and parking in the secured garage? No garage space for your vehicle? You will need to balance that risk by being scrupulous about not leaving items of value or anything with personal information inside the vehicle. Leave nothing visible. The few minutes it takes to practice crime prevention techniques is well worth the peace of mind, feeling of control over your environment, and the hassle of expensive vehicle repairs and replacing stolen items. Imagine if the whole block practices crime prevention regarding auto burglaries — you would be effectively pushing the criminal element out of your neighborhood!
Protecting Your Personal Information: My talk tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Safety & Consumer Protection Fair is fast approaching! The fair is free, open to all and will be at the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center at 501 Elizabeth Street SE. There will be many information tables and representatives of several agencies and organizations whose goals are to keep you safer. The fair starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. Hope you can come, and thanks to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and Mayor Tim Keller for hosting this event.
Trending Tuesday: APD’s Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the past seven day period of 3/26 – 4/1/18 APD took 127 auto burglary reports (city-wide). Of the six APD Area Commands, the Foothills Area Command logged 22 auto burglaries reported, which put us right in 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 37 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: remove all articles of value and personal information and lock up!
Hot Wheels: Our Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the same seven day period (3/26 – 4/1/18) APD took 63 stolen vehicle reports city-wide. We seem to be trending down: for the 3/19 – 3/25/18 period 95 auto thefts were reported in Albuquerque and for the 3/12 – 3/18/18 period 92 auto thefts were reported.
The APD Crime Analysis Unit also reports that the most popular places to steal vehicles for the 3/26 – 4/1/18 period were: apartments (26 auto thefts) then single family residential neighborhoods with 8 stolen vehicles reported (BIG reduction!), and then from 1 – 5 incidents reported from retail, hotels, restaurants, recreation sites, fitness centers, gas/convenience stores, dealerships/car mechanics, storage facilities, car rental sites, strip malls, businesses, mobile home parks and houses of worship throughout the city.
The most popular vehicles stolen for that seven day period were Chevys (14/7 were pick ups), GMCs (8/5 were pick ups) and we only saw 2 Hyundais stolen for that seven day period (a big reduction).
The Foothills Area Command took 5 stolen vehicle reports that week, at the middle of the numbers reported by each of the six Area Commands. The auto theft numbers ranged city-wide from a high of 21 stolen in seven days to a low of 3. 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.
Daily Property Crime in the Foothills: Monday, April 2, 2018 Activity Reported
1 Robbery to an Individual: Western Skies SE & Central Ave NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 11500-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 1200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
7 Auto Burglaries: Two vehicles at separate addresses on the 1300-block of Sasebo Street NE, 1700-block of Algodones Street NE, 1400-block of Chihuahua Ave NE, 1500-block of Mimbres Canyon Place NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1200-block of Elizabeth Street SE.
Entries: Via a camper shell, via an unlocked door, breaking windows, damaging door locks.
Items left in unattended vehicles that were stolen: $1,000 cash and a cell phone. Thirty promotional shirts and vehicle registration/insurance documents. A testing kit. Over $20,000 in jewelry. A box of tools, multiple pockets knives and a flashlight. Stereo face plate and speakers.
I hope you will put crime prevention practices into use and share information learned from this web site with others. You don’t have to live in the Foothills Area Command to benefit from the information shared here and the more awareness built, the better for our community.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command