No comments yet

Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, September 17, 2015

1 Robbery (Commercial): 900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Stolen Vehicle: 11200-block of Lomas Blvd NE.  Recovered same day.

3 Residential Burglaries: 1300-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE, 11100-block of Hume Ave NE, 12300-block of Manitoba NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 11200-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips: The vehicle stolen yesterday was left with a window rolled down and subsequently taken.  We have to do a better job of securing our own property and taking care of what is in our control.  Lock up, check for windows being rolled up.  Yes, vehicles do get stolen by offenders first punching door locks or breaking windows, but you will greatly reduce the odds of being a victim by simply securing your own property.  Criminals want a path of least resistance and leaving a vehicle unattended with the window rolled down is an easy target.

Our residential burglaries yesterday were all entries made by criminals at the back of the home.  We need your extra eyes on the block to call 242-COPS from a safe place and report if you see strangers climbing or defeating fences and gates to get to backs of homes.  Back doors and windows at the back of homes are left unlocked, sometimes open, and offenders are removing screens to get into those open windows or merely walking in the home.  Some pry open back doors.  Secure your property and look out for one another.  This is a community-wide problem that requires a community-wide response.

Our auto burglaries yesterday show one window broken to grab a set of tools from the back seat and the two other ones were simple unforced entries through unlocked/unsecured vehicles.  What was stolen yesterday?  The way for two Albuquerque individuals to earn their livings:  electrician’s tools and a set of genera/other tools.  If tools are what you use to earn a living, bring them inside with you and secure them properly.  Our third auto burglary victim was alerted by the bank that her credit card was being used fraudulently; she left her wallet, IDs, and credit cards in her unattended vehicle.  We have to remove all items of value from our vehicles when we park and walk away.

For every police report written, there is a living, breathing human being who was impacted and had their life temporarily turned upside down.  I care about you — my community, our community.  Police can’t secure your property for you — we are reactive to crimes that have already occurred.  These cases have such a negative impact on the victim’s lives and they hurt our community.  Help our community, help our police officers and help yourselves by never leaving articles inside an unattended vehicle.  Examine what you leave in your vehicle when you park and why.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and I’ll be posting again next week.

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