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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Wed. 1/28/15

Robbery/Commercial:  0

Robbery/Residential:  0

Robbery/To an Individual:  0

Stolen Vehicles:  0

Warming-Up Stolen Vehicles:  0

Commercial Burglary:  0

Residential Burglary:  2; One on 3100-block of Betts and one on 5300-block of John Thomas.  Offenders entered one residence through an unlocked window and the other through a door at the back of the home. 

Crime Prevention Requests — Please be watchful on your block and report anyone attempted to climb walls, open gates, or attempting to get to the backs of homes to 242-COPS or 911 as appropriate.  Call from a place where you are safe. Provide the best description you can to the operator and an officer will be dispatched.  Secure latches, locks, etc on entries at your home, including windows and doggie doors.  Harden your target by locking up to reduce your odds of being a burglary victim.

Auto Burglary:  5; One on 500-block of Tramway at apartment complex parking lot, two on the 11400-block of Manitoba, and two on the 12200-block of Academy at an apartment complex parking lot.

Crime Prevention Information:  One case was an unforced entry (vehicle unlocked or windows rolled down), two cases were forced entries where a vehicle window was broken to gain entry and two I don’t have the data for at this point.  These cases seem to have occurred where there were target-rich environments (apartment complex parking lots) and close to Tramway for easy access to the targets and to leave the scene quickly.  Please protect yourself by removing all items of value from your vehicles, including personal papers and keys and garage door openers, and lock up.  Park in an area where a potential witness could see clearly and call police.  These are crimes of opportunity, but try to limit that as best you can.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills Area Command

  • A Terri Ken

    so, then…i was wondering what a “target rich” environment was….i was thinking it was a vehicle with stuff left in it that might attract a thief….but, now i am thinking it is a large area of parking where thieves are hoping to find things in the vehicles…..

    • Bingo! You are right on the money. A target-rich environment is a location with lots of ‘targets’ – so for auto burglary, a place with loads of vehicles parked is a target-rich environment. Say for instance at a retail center with a lodging and freeway access right there what a great place to commit an auto burglary or try to steal a vehicle — easy in, easy out and lots of ‘targets.’ Hope my description makes sense. Also, with crime you need 1) motivation of the criminal, 2) opportunity for the criminal, and 3) the target. If we layer our ‘targets’ with protective measures, we reduce our odds of being a victim by ‘hardening the target.’ Thanks for the good question!