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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, July 20, 2015

1 Car Jacking: 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE.  Crime prevention tip:  Again, as I posted yesterday, awareness is key. Scan the area you are entering, look to see if there are loitering people, people who don’t appear to be there legitimately.  If you feel there is danger, leave and report it 242-COPS (2677) and the management if it is a commercial or apartment parking area.  You can always return at another time and with someone.  If at an apartment complex or commercial property with a courtesy patrol team, notify the courtesy patrol so the situation can be addressed by courtesy patrol staff and management after you have notified 242-COPS.

1 Robbery to a Business: 900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

0 Home Invasions or Robberies to Individuals.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 12400-block of Montgomery and 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.  Crime Prevention tip:  Keep track of your vehicle keys!  One of these two cases marked the 11th vehicle stolen this month with the vehicle key.  Both cases were at ‘target-rich environments’ – that is, lots of vehicles in one spot.  Both were at locations just off a major traffic arterial.  What does this mean?  Easy in, easy out after committing a crime.  If you live in an area like these locations, you need to increase your awareness and crime prevention practices.  Lock up.  Park in well-lit areas.  Chose an area with passers-by who could potentially call 911 if they saw someone trying to steal your vehicle.  Check out anti-theft devices at all price points.  Balance the convenience of being near major traffic arterials with better crime prevention habits.  You will be glad you took the extra steps to do what you can do to control your environment and secure your propertyTake the reins; change an old habit that doesn’t work anymore.  The world isn’t bad, it’s just that the old habits we used to rely on need to be updated.

0 Residential Burglaries.

1 Auto Burglary: 10900-block of Tomatillo Lane SE.  Crime Prevention Tip:  Lock your vehicle.  Stop leaving wallets, credit cards and debit cards inside an unlocked vehicle and parking it overnight.  You are responsible for your own property – control your environment by securing your property.  Avoid being a victim of crime and attracting a criminal element to your neighborhood by taking a moment to lock up and remove all items of value from your vehicle.

I can show you crime prevention practices at one of our “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” or at a neighborhood meeting or a “Walk the Block with Jill” session or at your home during a security assessment appointment.

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