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Crime Prevention Tips of the Day and Property Crime in the Foothills on Wed. 12/16

Robbery to an Individual:  1, 9800-block of Pitt NE.

Stolen Vehicle left unattended and warming up:  1, 13000-block of Skyline Rd NE.  This incident had a 10 minute time span, meaning the owner left the vehicle warming up with the keys inside, walked away for 10 minutes and the vehicle was stolen during that time.  This is a 100% preventable crime.

Stolen Vehicle: 1, 3800-block of Big Bend Road NE.

Commercial Burglary: 1, 2200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

Residential Burglary: 4, on the 2700-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, on the 12100-block of Menaul NE, on the 3700-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE and on the 10200-block of Cueva Del Oso NE.  Entries were made via doggie doors and back doors and a garage door.

Auto Burglary: 4, on the 12100-block of Copper NE, on the 1300-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, on the 12100-block of Indian School Road NE, and on the 3700-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.  A garage door opener was stolen from one vehicle and used to commit a residential burglary (listed above).

Crime Prevention Tips: Remove all items of value from vehicles, including garage door openers and items with personal information.  We cannot afford to leave anything ‘hidden’ under blankets, under car seats or in other spots — it is just too tempting for a burglar.  If you can control your environment by removing targets (your property) and locking up you will be reducing your odds of being a burglary victim.

Regarding the ‘warm-up’ auto thefts — this is a completely preventable crime and a criminal’s lucky day is when they spot a vehicle with the keys inside left unattended.  The time frame I am seeing on these types of crimes is between 2 minutes up to 10 minutes between owners walking away from vehicles and the vehicle being stolen.  As a community, we just have to get better at securing our property and reducing these incidents.

Stay safe,

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

  • Geneva Craven Schult

    Ms Garcia, I have noted the persistent crime of warm-up vehicles. Just a suggestion to the people — I recently heard on the radio that a local audio company will install REMOTE START-UP of vehicle (from inside warm house!) for $99. OR get a 2nd key made, and lock the ignition key in the vehicle while it is running. No need to leave the doors unlocked, right?

    • Thanks for writing! That is an option, but I wouldn’t want to hear of an incident of breaking the window or prying the door or punching the lock on the door to get inside and go. I appreciate the feedback and hope more people will start thinking about this type of crime — I’m about to post in a few minutes of yesterday’s property crime and we had 2 more ‘warm-up’ auto thefts in the Foothills.