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Property Crime over the Weekend (10/16-10/18) and Crime Prevention Tip of the Day

1 Robbery at a Business: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual: Eubank & Constitution.

8 Stolen Vehicles: 1400-block of Betts NE, 10900-block of Elvin NE, 1000-block of Tramway Service Rd NE, 13000-block of Constitution NE, 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 4300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4400-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries: 400-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 600-block of Dorado SE, 6100-block of Cortaderia NE, 11100-block of Desert Classic NE.  In addition, 3 sheds were burglarized at a home on the 3600-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, but owner declined to file a police report.

9 Auto Burglaries: 9700-block of Arvilla NE, 10900-block of Prospect NE, 1000-block of Tramway Service Road NE, 11500-block of Lexington Ave NE, 12400-block of Morrow Ave NE, 4500-block of Big Bend Rd NE, 3000-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3800-block of Big Bend Rd NE, 4700-block of Tramway Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips to Start Using Today:  Regarding our robbery to an individual, this case over the weekend happened at an ATM pre-dawn at a busy intersection.  Situational awareness is key here:  if you feel uncomfortable, leave.  Bring a buddy.  Use ATMs at busy, well-traveled locations with security guards present at the time.  ATMs inside retail locations deter robberies.  Using ATMS during day light hours are generally safer.  ATMs outside a bank are generally more safe than an isolated ATM in the dark.  Don’t rely on cameras — they are a prevention tool, but their purpose is to record an event.  Cameras being present don’t guarantee that they are working or that anyone is on the other side watching.  Be aware of who is around you, what is going on around you and if it doesn’t feel right, leave.  You can always go back another time.

Why did I bother to note the three sheds broken into over the weekend if a police were called, but no report was filed and declined by the victim?  Because the data is useful to those of us (like me) who work behind the scenes to help keep you safe.  If those three police reports were filed, I could have used that data on method of entry, what was stolen, the day it occurred and the times and the address to determine if officers may need to focus on a certain part of the Area Command or particular neighborhood.  If there is suspect information, that is helpful and may be part of a bigger picture if other law enforcement officers are looking for those offenders or recognize the patterns or descriptions.  The information may have shown up in an internal weekly  briefing and potentially identified a ‘hot spot’ for crime where we could focus our resources.  If you are a victim of crime, you may not think it was a big deal or not worth reporting, but the data gleaned from the police reports is part of a bigger picture and helps law enforcement determine where to place our valuable resources.  We make it easy for you to report a crime that already occurred that has no injury resulting, no witnesses or suspects:  on line at www.cabq.gov/police at the on-line reporting page, by telephone to our Telephone Reporting Unit at 768-2030 or by calling 242-COPS and requesting an officer take the report on scene.

Our auto burglaries over the weekend were about half forced entries (breaking windows) and half unforced entries (left the door unlocked or windows rolled down).  One person was a victim of criminal opportunity while unloading groceries.  It is key to prevention to properly secure our own property.  Don’t chance it — know in your mind you have done what you can by removing all items of value from the vehicle, never leaving visible property in the vehicle and locking up.

Stay safe, have a great week ahead!

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