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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

1 Robbery/Auto (car jacking):  10500-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Robbery: 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

0 Robberies to Individuals or Residential (home invasions).

1 Stolen Vehicle: 2400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.

0 Commercial Burglaries.

3 Residential Burglaries:  3400-block of Pitt St NE, 1300-block of Monte Largo NE, 11300-block of Golden Gate Ave NE.

9 Auto Burglaries: 11000-block of Central SE, 300-block of Buffalo River SE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 300-block of Dorado SE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10200-block of Menaul Blvd NE, Embudo Canyon Trailhead, 11900-block of El Solindo Avenue NE, 11400-block of Morocco Avenue NE.

Crime Prevention based on these cases: 

Awareness:  Do not allow yourself to be distracted in parking lots (where our car jacking occurred).  Scan the area before you leave a business or your vehicle.  If it doesn’t feel safe to you, leave.  Most normal people with legitimate reasons to be in a parking lot will be walking to or from their vehicle.  Watch for pairs looping the parking lot in vehicles and not parking or entering/exiting, just circling.  Ask for an escort from the business to your vehicle if you don’t feel safe and let the management know — they want their customers to return and feel comfortable at their place of business.

Residential burglaries yesterday were all to single-family homes (no apartment homes).  Offenders gained access to the 3 homes burglarized yesterday via doggie doors, garages and a front door.  I have been posting all month about the garage doors and how vital it is to your safety to keep them closed and secured.  Doggie doors need to be secured as well. 

Neighbors looking out for each other and calling APD from a safe place will help.  Citizen information has helped our officers make good arrests.  If you want to form a Neighborhood Watch, call 244-6644 to get a starter kit.  I will facilitate your meeting and train your Neighborhood Watch on how to report a crime and what actions on your part help law enforcement to help you.

Auto burglaries yesterday netted criminals ammunition, a taser, a rifle, a Glock firearm, a computer, a purse, a wallet, IDs, credit cards (that were tracked shortly after the auto burglary being used at a grocery store, home improvement store and 2 convenience stores), a bag of make up, and a laptop.  It is so important to remove ALL items of value from vehicles when you park.  Change the old habit of leaving property in your vehicle, lock your vehicle and you will reduce your odds of being an auto burglary victim immediately. A little prevention goes a long way to help you avoid being a victim of a criminal.

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