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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, July 30, 2015

0 Robberies

1 Stolen Vehicle: 12400-block Prospect NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 13900 Hope Court NE (cluster mailbox for 20 addresses targeted).

4 Residential Burglaries: 13800-block of Grady Court NE, 1900-block of Macbeth NE, 4500-block of Morris NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

5 Auto Burglaries: 1200-block of Dorothy NE, 11300-block of Ralph NE, two vehicles on 1700-block of Hiawatha NE, 4500-block of Morris NE.

Crime Prevention tips based on these cases: Along with the first auto burglaries reported all week in the Foothills on Thursday, there were several vehicles with damaged ignitions, indicating attempted auto theft.  One vehicle was left parked and unlocked, another had damage from a prior burglary that was never repaired and that vehicle was targeted again yesterday.  Insurance and registration papers and stereos and cash were stolen from vehicles yesterday.  Please secure your vehicles if you must park outside overnight and bring in your insurance and registration with you — you need them when operating the vehicle, but you don’t need to leave them outside all night in an unoccupied vehicle.  This type of information is stolen to commit further crime (ID theft, fraud, forgery, etc.). 

I haven’t seen mail box theft reported in quite a while.  If you seen anyone tampering with a mail box or community mail box (cluster box), report this to the US Postal Service; if mail is stolen, file a report with both agencies.

Residential burglaries yesterday were committed by entering homes through unlocked windows at the back of the home and forced entry at a door at the back of the home.  Neighbors:  you are extra eyes and ears on your blocks!  Call 242-COPS (2677) or 911 as appropriate from a place where you are safe to report persons tampering with screens, windows, doors or trying to scale walls or fences or defeating side gates to get to the back yard of a neighbor’s home.  We will send an officer.  Provide the best description you can to the APD operator and call from a safe place (don’t chase, confront, etc.).

If you want to get some crime prevention training on what to watch for and how to safely report it to APD, start a Neighborhood Watch.  You can get a Neighborhood Watch Starter Kit by contacting Steve Sink at 244-6644.  These groups are easy to start up and are effective ways to unite a block of neighbors, foster unity and assist local enforcement.

I am also offering monthly crime prevention workshops on various topics through my “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” series.  Watch this web site, nextdoor.com in the Foothills section for information and I will place fliers on the workshops in the lobby at our substation at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE.

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