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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Fri. 8/14, Sat. 8/15, and Sun.8/16

0 Robberies involving vehicles (car jackings), residential (home invasions), or commercial.

2 Robberies to individuals:  200-block of Tramway Blvd SE, intersection of Paisano & Menaul.

3 Stolen Vehicles and 1 Residential Burglary where a vehicle was stolen: 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5400-block of Dee Court NE and 1900-block of Macbeth Court NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 13200-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

9 Residential Burglaries: 11100-block of Gibson SE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 14000-block of Sunglow Road NE, 1200-block of Kirby Street Ne, 1900-block of Macbeth Court NE, 1400-block of Paisano Street NE, 12700-block of Granite NE, 12400-block of Princess Jeanne NE.

7 Auto Burglaries: 11100-block of Senac Place NE, 500-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 500-block of Paisano NE, 200-block of Tramway Blvd SE, 3400-block of Inca Street NE, 5000-block of Montego Place NE, 11700-block of La Vista Grande Drive NE.

Crime Prevention Tips:  Our robberies to individuals were out of the norm for the Foothills Area Command.  I urge you to not chase or confront criminals — I understand and value the desire to help a victim, but please do not put yourself in harm’s way with unpredictable people in volatile situations.  The best help you can provide is to get a good description and call 911 from a safe place to get officers on scene through 911.  We want you to be safe and to be around to provide that witness statement so our officers can get a good case that can go to trial.  I also urge women:  do not carry purses!  Try carrying a small zip-up wallet style bag or fanny pack or use your pockets to carry what you need for your errand.  Use your senses — we women are good at sensing things around us and we need to scan areas (parking lots) when we are ready to exit our vehicles or stores, etc.  Ask for an escort to your vehicle if things don’t feel right and report it to the business/store manager.  Any reputable establishment does not want customers being attacked on their property or too scared to patronize their business.  Be bold – speak up – change a habit and stop carrying a purse.

One of our three stolen vehicles over the weekend was stolen using car keys left on the dash of the vehicle, which was parked in an open garage.  Please help me spread the word about leaving garage doors open — this is too dangerous to do any longer.  What may have worked for you in the past is not working today:  Offenders look for open garages (cracked open or fully open) to commit auto burglaries, steal vehicles and enter homes to commit residential burglaries.  Your goal as a citizen is to:  DETER – DELAY – DENY entry to your home and vehicle.  Make a criminal move on and think the risk and effort is just too much to make you a victim.

As a community, we have to stop leaving articles of value inside our vehicles and walking away.  Here’s our weekend list of items stolen from parked vehicles:  2 purses, multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, multiple pairs of glasses, multiple cell phones, cash, vehicle registration and insurance papers, tools, garage door opener.  As you know, if you have attended one of my “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” sessions, vehicle registrations/insurance, credit/debit cards, IDs and garage door openers are stolen and used to commit further crime (ID theft, fraud, forgery, residential burglary.  Interesting to note, two of the 7 vehicles burglarized over the weekend suffered heavy ignition and dash damage, indicators of attempts to steal the vehicles.  Control your environment by locking up and removing all items of value and you will be deterring a criminal from victimizing you.

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