Crime Prevention Tips: Based on our cases over the weekend, I am seeing lots of ‘smash and grabs’ to vehicles. That’s when a burglar breaks a window to get inside a vehicle with property left inside. Any property that is left visible or a burglar has watched a potential victim ‘hide’ under a seat, etc. is too tempting to pass up.
This weekend citizens suffered the loss of these items that were left inside parked vehicles : navigation system, tools, soccer ball/bag/equipment/clothing, personal documents, a vehicle title (newly purchased vehicle), car battery, license plate, purse with IDs and other contents, a suitcase.
If we can spread the word about removing all items of value, maybe we can ‘harden those targets’ and make a dent in these types of auto burglaries. I’ve posted about the auto burglary trend during holiday times at places of worship — if we can get ahead of this particular trend we may prevent needless victims and further crimes that start with the auto burglary and lead to residential burglary, ID theft, fraud and forgery. Check your vehicle and assess what you are leaving behind when you park: do you really need to leave that item(s) in the vehicle, is it needed for your errand or for driving? Maybe it’s time to bring that stuff inside a secured garage or the home.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command
Here are the property crimes that occurred over the weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun):
1 Robbery to an Individual: Central & Western Skies SE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 11500-block of Golden Gate NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11800-block of Lomas NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 700-block of Paseo Del Mar NE, 1200-block of Ralph Ct NE, 10700-block of Constitution, 13000-block of Constitution NE.
9 Auto Burglaries: 5 of 9 were “Smash & Grabs” — see my tips above!
10400-block of Copper, 800-block of Diana NE, 11700-block of Marquette NE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo, 12000-block of Candelaria, 3 over 2 nights at same location on 9800-block of Montgomery, 11300-block of Malaguena Ln NE.