The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: I wish I was referring to Clint Eastwood! I am relating to the property crimes in the Foothills Area Command from Thursday through Sunday. First, The Good: no auto burglaries at places of worship reported on Easter Sunday or Good Friday in the Foothills! It appears that the word spread quickly in the Area Command about these locations being ‘target-rich’ environments and the community took the extra steps of locking up and not leaving items of value inside vehicles while at worship/services. The Bad: The auto thefts and the vehicles stolen while left warming up and unattended took a big jump in the Foothills. We had 2 ‘warm up’ stolen vehicles and 1 attempt reported last Thursday. We have got to spread the word to family and neighbors that we cannot leave a vehicle unattended and warming up at any time. Please help me spread the word about these types of auto thefts that tie up police officers, put citizens in danger with potential confrontations with offenders and create needless victims. How many things can we say are 100% preventable? Not many, but this type of crime is one of those things that is preventable. I’d love to be able to put my finger on the ‘why’ — is it a belief system that ‘it won’t happen to me’ or ‘it’s just this one time’ or ‘I don’t see anyone suspicious so I can leave the car warming up and go back in my home/apartment’ or ‘I’m in a good neighborhood – these things don’t happen here’ or ‘I know better, but I’m in a hurry and what are the odds it can happen to me?’ I am saddened for our needless victims out there, but relieved children were not in car seats or in the vehicles when the vehicles were stolen in this manner. We have to do a better job of taking responsibility for our property and personal safety — spread the word to those who are unaware that this crime of opportunity can happen to anyone at any time anywhere when the opportunity arises for a criminal to steal a ‘weak target.’ The Ugly: Thursday through Sunday the Foothills Area Command had 16 auto thefts. We enjoyed low to zero rates of auto thefts for a little while earlier this month, and sadly, auto theft is back up again. The amount of property being stolen from inside vehicles is astounding as well. Here’s what was stolen from inside both locked and unlocked vehicles since Thursday: Wallet, IDs, toolbox and tools, golf clubs (2 sets, 2 different locations), medications, eyeglasses, a knife, phone charger cords, back pack and contents, another purse, a wallet, another set of IDs, garage door opener, APS laptop, another purse, iPhone, credit cards. Of the 12 auto burglaries from Thursday to Sunday, 2 cases were to vehicles parked outside and left unlocked, 4 did not clearly state if the vehicle was broken into with force or left unlocked, and the rest were “Smash & Grabs” when a window is broken to get access to the interior of the vehicle. Take the extra step to remove all items of value, anything visible and to lock up the vehicle. If you have a garage and you are not parking in it, why not? Is it time to do spring cleaning and protect your large investment from theft and damage? If you do not have access to a secure garage, park under good lighting, park where others can see your vehicle and possibly call 911 if they see a crime, lock up, think about an alarm system, check out stereo accessories with removable face plates. Help me to help you by spreading the word and practicing good crime prevention tactics to secure your property and control your environment. Believe me, the odds go down with simple steps and most auto burglars or auto thieves will move on to a weaker target if you make it a priority to secure your target.
Have a great week ahead and stay safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist/ICPS, NCPS – APD – Foothills Area Command
Property Crime on Thursday 3/24 in the Foothills:
2 Stolen Vehicles: 100-block of Linda View NE, 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
2 Vehicles Stolen while Warming Up and Unattended: 1200-block of Christine NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 1100-block of Chiracahua St SE, 1300-block of Wagon Train SE, 1700-block Tomasita NE, 5700-block of Bartonwood Pl NE.
5 Auto Burglaries: 13400-block of Lomas NE, 800-block of Omaha NE, 600-block of Burma NE, 10800-block of Love NE, 10700-block of Constitution NE.
Property Crime on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 3/25-26-27 in the Foothills:
12 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 600-block of Martha NE, 12000-block of Aquaduct Rd SE, 12600-block of Copperwood NE, 13000-block of Roma NE, 12100-block of Copper NE, 1600-block of Betts NE, 12000-block of Phoenix NE, 12400-block of Mountain NE, 2400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 11700-block of Golden Gate NE, 10500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 12800-block of Central NEm, 10700-block of Menaul NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 700-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 13100-block of Lomas Verdes NE, 10800-block of Malaguena NE.
7 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of Morris NE, 200-block of Figueroa SE, 11700-block of Copper Place NE, 13300-block of Fruit NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, Spain & HIgh Desert Trail Parking Area.