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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, 09/21/15 & Auto Theft Prevention Tips

0 Robberies, 0 Commercial Burglaries

4 Stolen Vehicles: 11200-block of Vistazo Pl SE, 12600-block of Copper NE, 10600-block of Lomas, 12000-block of Menaul.

2 Residential Burglaries: 700-block of Shirley NE, 3800-block of Tracy NE.

5 Auto Burglaries:  9800-block of Menaul, 10000-block of Menaul, 12100-block of Menaul, 15500-block of Cedarbrook NE, 11000-block of Spain Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips: Our auto thefts were evenly spread out in the area command at a restaurant parking lot, a townhome setting, single family residence and apartment complex.  Auto thefts are crimes of opportunity; therefore, owners need to lock up and park in garages if available.  If there is a weak target (your vehicle), a motivated criminal and the opportunity (easy ways into and out of the area, no one watching, a sense of low risk or personal harm for the offender, etc.) the odds increase for a crime to be committed.  VIN etchings are one method of auto theft prevention, and there is one coming up in the Foothills Area Command:  Saturday, September 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. APD Auto Theft detectives will be conducting VIN etchings in the Home Depot parking lot at Eubank/Central.  The VIN etching is free and the detectives will need to see the vehicle registration to do your etching.  VIN etching is a prevention method for auto theft (sometimes the parts of the stolen vehicle are sold at ‘chop shop’s) and helps officers identify stolen vehicles when they are recovered.

Criminals burglarized homes yesterday via entering through a window and a garage.  Control your environment by locking up.  Be a good neighbor:  if you see a neighbor’s garage door open, stop by and remind them it’s open and an invitation to a criminal.  Most of us have doors from our garages into our homes and do not have the mind-set that our garage is the biggest door to our home.  You wouldn’t leave your front door open and walk away to do other things; don’t leave the garage door open either.

Auto burglaries were both forced entries (breaking windows) and unforced (left the vehicle unlocked).  Items stolen from vehicles yesterday included:  stereo, baseball glove, auto parts, a book and a laptop.  One burglary was also an attempt to steal the vehicle.  Protect your property and lock up; remove all items of value when you park and walk away.

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