Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: Unoccupied homes need to be properly secured. I am seeing a trend of unoccupied homes being targeted for residential burglary. This includes homes where owners are on trips and homes that are undergoing construction/renovation. If you are planning a trip, let a trusted neighbor or family member know and have them check on the home, pick up the paper and mail, check the porch for any unexpected packages or advertisements left hanging on door knobs. Make your home look occupied while you are away — leave the radio on playing softly, add timers to your lights, have a neighbor keep an eye on things and stop by the home to check on it and leave your contact number with that person. Our front office staff will post a request for a Periodic Watch for you at 332-5240 for up to two weeks, which means an officer who is in between dispatched calls for service can drive by and do a visual check. They will not check doors, windows, gates, etc. but it is one extra step you can take if you will be out of town.
Yesterday the word was KEYS — again, today, a word about keys and key custody. We show a residential burglary at an apartment community where the resident’s keys were stolen/taken two days prior. If you are in a rental and your keys are stolen, ask the management to re-key and get you a new set of keys. Let them know that the unit is compromised — even if they charge a small fee, isn’t that worth it versus a later residential burglary or your own safety? Does the key also provide access to other areas, like a community room, fitness center, mail/package holding area, swimming/hot tub enclosure? Then that missing key has compromised the entire rental community as well. Think carefully about who you chose for a roommate: you were vetted and checked before you were able to rent an apartment (presumably); why not take some extra measures to check out who you have invited to share your living space? Roommate issues can be hard-learned life lessons; think about doing some extra checking and digging when it comes to sharing your home with others. Of course, at any reputable rental community invested in resident safety, anyone over 18 should be thoroughly back-grounded by management and sign a lease and go through that lease and the rules for living there with a management representative.
Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, March 9th:
1 Robbery to an Individual: Victim not sure, but thinks this happened near Collet Park area.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 400-block of Western Skies SE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 100-block of Hotel Circle, 13500-block of Chico, 1500-block of Tramway, 6400-block of Chaco Ridge Place NE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of Humbolt SE, 10400-block of Copper, 12800-block of Dunes SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 13000-block of Mountain Rd NE.