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Crime Prevention Tips / Daily Watch Notes for the Weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun, 9/25-26-27)

1 Robbery (Commercial): 10300-block of Candelaria Rd NE.

8 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 11500-block of Medicine Bow SE, 1300-block of Stagecoach Rd SE, 300-block of Buffalo Circle SE, 13800-block of Jason Pl NE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1200-block of Stutz Dr NE, 900-block of Alice Court NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 10800-block of Snow Heights NE, 12500-block of Indian School Rd NE, 12900-block of Arroyo de Vista NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 1100-block of Pinnacle View Dr NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE, 10800-block of Kielich NE.

Crime Prevention Tips based on these cases:  The stolen vehicles this weekend happened at single-family residential areas (half) and commercial parking lots or multi-family housing.  Again, I have to stress the important of:  who has your keys or access to your vehicle keys?  One of our cases over the weekend involved a caretaker taking the victim’s vehicle and another one involved the victim hopping out of the vehicle, leaving it running with the keys inside to go and look at something.  We cannot afford to leave vehicles running and keys inside and walk away from our vehicles or to allow people who are not trustworthy to have access to our vehicle keys.  With a few simple changes of habits, I believe we can reduce the odds of being a victim of crime.

Our residential burglaries showed access made to homes via removing screens to climb through windows and one home’s front door was kicked in by the offender.  I recommend checking your screens and repairing any screens that are loose or torn.  I also recommend additional locks or anti-lift/anti-slide mechanisms on all sliding glass doors and windows on the first levels of homes.  There are many on the market at all price points and as simple or complicated as you want!  Check out these handy gadgets at a big-box retail location, do some research, ask around and figure out what works for your particular situation.  You can purchase very inexpensive items that allow you some ventilation, yet prevent the window from being opened, lifted or slid out of the tracks.  If you live at an apartment community, ask management to add an additional lock to your window or sliding glass door.

Auto burglaries this weekend were evenly split between single-family and multi-family residential areas.  One thing they all had in common?  Items of value left inside unattended vehicles and all were discovered and reported to police between the hours of 8:52 p.m. and 11:12 a.m.  That tells me the targeted vehicles were most likely parked outside, overnight when they were burglarized.  What items were left behind and stolen:  several hundreds of dollars worth of gaming equipment, a wallet, multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, keys to another vehicle, a garage door opener (and yes, the garage was entered and other vehicles accessed), a nail gun and tools.  To prevent your community from being labeled ‘easy pickin’s’ by the criminal element, remove all items of value from your vehicle when you park and walk away.  This includes anything with personal information and garage door openers.  Remember:  your garage door is the biggest door to your home.  Do not leave the ‘keys’ — your garage door opener — to that door out of your custody.  Lock up, remove all items and report anyone looking into cars or trying door handles on your block or apartment parking lot to 242-COPS and call from a safe place – don’t chase or confront and risk getting hurt.

Have a safe week ahead and a pleasant National Good Neighbor Day!

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