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Crime Prevention Tip of the Day and Property Crime on Monday 09/28/15 in the Foothills

1 Robbery to an Individual:  Juan Tabo & Central:  Female at ATM, purse and $80 stolen by male who shoved female against her vehicle to take her property by force.

Crime Prevention Tip: Use ATMs at well-traveled locations with lots of potential witnesses who can call 911 if you need help.  I recommend using ATMs inside the bank or grocery store due to security guards normally being present, lots of potential witnesses and surveillance cameras in use.  These all work to make a criminal think twice.  Use your Situational Awareness skills — if it doesn’t feel right, leave!  You can always do that ATM transaction in a brick & mortar branch or with a buddy at another time.  Remember, be low-key at ATMS and don’t flash the cash!

2 Stolen Vehicles: 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE and 10100-block of Maya Court NE.

Crime Prevention Tip:  One auto theft occurred in a very large apartment community parking lot and the other on a residential street in a grid pattern just one or two blocks in from a major traffic arterial (easy access and predictable streets for a criminal).  One vehicle had a rifle inside when stolen.  Please — as a community for everyone’s safety — secure your firearms in a responsible manner.  We now have a rifle in a criminal’s hands and we are approaching double-digits for firearms stolen from vehicles in the Foothills over the past several weeks.  Lock up, park in well-lit and well-traveled areas, deploy alarms or anti-theft devices and remove ALL items of value from vehicles when you park and walk away.

1 Residential Burglary:  12900-block of Central NE via a window.

Crime Prevention Tip:  Lock up when you leave!  There are many types of anti-lift/anti-slide and additional locking mechanisms you can add to windows to prevent burglary.  Check out what is on the market and works for you and your budget.

1 Auto Burglary: 3200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tip:  Credit card stolen from vehicle and promptly used to purchase items.  Again, we have to get in the NEW HABIT of removing ALL items of value from vehicles when we park and walk away.

I will be out of the office until Monday, October 12th, so this is my last post for a while.  Be safe!

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