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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (9/11-12-13/15)

0 Robberies.

1 Stolen Vehicle:  5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary:  100-block of Monte Largo NE.

6 Residential Burglaries: 11000-block of Cochiti SE, 1200-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 14200-block of Grand NE, 13200-block of Mountain Rd NE.

11 Auto Burglaries:  1000-block of Cuatros Cerros Trail SE, 900-block of Matador SE, 14300-block of Copper NE, 400-block of Paisano NE, 1700-block of Figueroa NE, 2600-block of Piedra Lisa NE, two on the 9700-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 5200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention tips based on these cases: Apartment communities were targeted over the weekend for auto theft, commercial burglary and residential burglaries.  These tend to be ‘target-rich’ environments:  lots of targets (property) in one spot, and the commonalities were all were easy access in and off the property along main traffic arterials.  The commercial burglary was to a laundry room, and I always recommend to my apartment partners to switch from coin operated washers and dryers to pre-loaded cards that can be purchased through the management office.  I also recommend posting “No Coin/No Cash” signs at laundry rooms.  Some partners even load the pre-paid laundry/vending machine cards when rent is paid by the tenant; some pay extra with extra amount to be added to the pre-paid card for machines on property.  I also recommend checking locks on laundry room doors, posting hours, restricting access to key, coded entry or card-key only.  Do not leaving landscaping rocks or bricks near the laundry room doors that tenants can use to prop open the doors.  Often, the coins stolen from washers/dryers and vending machines in laundry rooms are a pittance compared to the cost of repairs for the management/ownership and negative feelings from residents who may move out if victimized on property by a thief.

Our residential burglaries were mostly unforced entries into the home via unlocked front doors, non-functioning latches that hadn’t been repaired on sliding glass doors and committed by persons known to the victims.  The forced entries were via prying open a door and breaking a window.  Extra attention to repairing items right away, locking up property and neighbors looking out for neighbors (especially those on vacation) will help.

Our auto burglaries this weekend were to unlocked vehicles with valuables left inside and also to some locked vehicles, with the burglars smashing windows to grab items of value left inside the vehicle. We had two cases this weekend at trail head parking lots – if you use the open space, bring your wallets and IDs with you and do not leave them behind in an unattended vehicle.  Think about a back pack or fanny pack to keep those items safely with you instead of leaving them behind in the car.  Two auto burglaries also occurred at motels, four others were at commercial establishments and the rest in single-family home neighborhoods.  We cannot afford to leave wallets, purses, IDs, drivers licenses, social security cards, cell phones, iPads and tablets, Rolexes (yes, a Rolex), and loaded guns with ammo behind in vehicles when we park and walk away.  Your odds of being victimized will be greatly reduced just by locking your vehicle and not leaving items of value in the vehicle when you park.  Consider only bringing with you what you need for that specific errand or trip and keep the driver’s license, credit card, cell phone in your pocket or on your body with a fanny pack or wristlet.

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