Neighborhood Watch Update: The minimum 50% of the homes on the block being represented or in attendance requirement for Neighborhood Watches being formed through the Albuquerque Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has been removed. For those who may have wanted to form an APD-Crime Prevention recognized Neighborhood Watch group in the past and were scared off by this “50% rule” fear no more! This has been removed — all you need to do to start a Neighborhood Watch group through the APD Crime Prevention Unit is to get a Starter Kit through your Area Command’s Crime Prevention Specialist, complete the starter kit, return it to the Crime Prevention Specialist and book your facilitation meeting with the Crime Prevention Specialist. You will need to have a person step forward from your block as Block Captain, who will serve as the point of contact for the group and to submit payment for your Neighborhood Watch signage for the group. Hopefully the new process and requirement changes will help more neighborhoods form Neighborhood Watches.
Curious about an incident that occurred or a call made to APD and what happened? Please call the APD Records Unit at 768-2020. They are staffed to provide services to the community regarding looking up calls for service logs, providing copies of police reports and processing Inspection of Public Records Act requests.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, April 9th:
1 Robbery/Commercial: 11200-block of Menaul Blvd NE (AT&T): 1716 hr.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 400-block of Zena Lona St NE: 1019 hr.
1 Commercial Burglary: 300-block of Western Skies SE.
1 Residential Burglary: 12900-block of Eastridge Dr NE.
8 Auto Burglaries: 13000-block of Panorama Loop NE, 1100-block of Titleist Dr NE, 10000-block of Los Arboles Ave NE, 12600-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12600-block of Yorba Linda Dr SE, 2800-block of Lexington Ct NE, 12000-block of Sierra Grande Ave NE, 9900-block of Menaul Blvd NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles, damaged a lock, forced open a window. Items left in unattended vehicles that were stolen: Tools, knives, wallet, checkbook, drivers license and damages due to failed attempts at stealing vehicles and damages from prying open glove box latch.
Crime prevention notes from the cases above: I see the majority of the auto burglaries that occurred yesterday were made to vehicles that were left unlocked with valuables inside. What’s your comfortable level of risk? These are all crimes of opportunity, and the best way to work the odds into your favor is by not leaving anything of value or visible in your vehicle and locking up.
How about your home? Are the locks working? Do the doors and windows close securely? Are your window screens torn, loose and missing? Do you make it a habit to lock the windows and doors or use secondary locking devices on windows if you want to have the window open a bit? Now is the time to start doing a home inspection and checking these ‘to do’ items off your list for crime prevention!
Be safe, Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command