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Burglaries in the Foothills: Past 7 Days

0 Commercial Burglaries in the Foothills Area Command over the last 7 days

6 Auto Burglaries in the Foothills Area Command over the last 7 days.  Of those 6, multiple vehicles were left unlocked or were damaged and not repaired yet, giving a criminal an easy, unforced entry.  Auto burglars are continuing to also force entry into vehicles by breaking windows. 

Firearms are being stolen out of vehicles; please secure your firearms in safe, locked locations.  These stolen firearms will likely be used to commit violent crimes.  Even a child in the vehicle could access a firearm being kept in the vehicle unsecured or in the center console or glove compartment.

Criminals are accessing a tool used to by-pass locks on newer vehicles and can access locked vehicles a little more easily now.  This is another reason why I urge you to remove your personal information (registration, insurance, mail, etc) and items of value from your vehicles when you exit the vehicle.  Too many wallets, purses, cell phones (which are almost like portable computers loaded with our personal information), credit cards, checkbooks, drivers licenses, social security cards, are being left in vehicles both locked and unlocked and being stolen by auto burglars.  Harden that target and lower your odds of being victimized not only in an auto burglary, but perhaps later by identity theft or fraud committed with your stolen paperwork left in your vehicle.

4 Residential Burglaries in the Foothills Area Command over the last 7 days.  One residence’s power was cut out of the four targeted homes last week.  Two of the four homes burglarized last week were entered by breaking windows at the back of the home.  Our officers made one arrest of a residential burglary offender last week.

Alert neighbors help our officers and their communities:  One alert neighbor snapped a photo of a suspicious vehicle in the area of a burglarized home and turned that photo over to an officer on scene.   The vehicle was a 2004 dark blue Dodge Stratus.

 If you see suspicious behavior on your block that is not part of the normal pattern for your neighborhood, call 242-COPS (2677).  Consider starting and participating in a Neighborhood Watch group.  Call Crime Prevention Manager Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit and your local Crime Prevention Specialist will work with you to get the ball rolling.  Police need your extra eyes on every block and willingness to report criminal or suspicious activity.