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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

1 Robbery to a Business: 10300-block of Candelaria NE.

1 Stolen Vehicle: 10300-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 1100-block of Cuatro Cerros SE, 13400-block of Reo Rd NE.

1 Auto Burglary: 13400-block of Lomas.

Crime Prevention tips based on these cases:  Our robbery and our stolen vehicle yesterday in the Foothills were both at business locations.  No one noticed the vehicle was stolen until possibly four days after the crime was committed.

The two residential burglaries and the lone auto burglary yesterday were 100% preventable crimes.  We have to lock up our property and when parking our vehicles, remove all items of value when we walk away.  This is especially important if parking a vehicle outside overnight with no alarm, mediocre lighting, easy access to the parking lot, no ‘extra eyes’ facing the parking lot from other residents and a location that is close to main traffic arterials (easy in, easy out for criminals).  Close and lock up windows, check your sliding glass doors to see if they can be secured.  There are so many products on the market at all price points to secure sliding glass doors and windows, and of course, all first floor windows and sliding glass door locks should be in good working order and have additional locks or anti-lift/anti-slide mechanisms installed.  Go to your local big box retail or hardware store and look around – educate yourself on what will work for your home and lifestyle.  You have the power in your hands to lock up your property and control your environment!  Police cannot do this for you, private security and courtesy patrols cannot do this for you — it’s in your hands.  Know when you walk away from your vehicle or when you leave your home that you have done all you can to DETER – DELAY – DENY a criminal access to your property.

I can show you how at one of myWorkshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” or on a home security assessment visit.  I like nothing more than teaching crime prevention to citizens and seeing them change old habits that no longer work in today’s world and adopt new habits that fit better and build confidence that they have learned something new and put it into place.

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