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McGruff’s Birthday! CPC Meeting Reminder. Fireworks Info. Scammer Alert. Last Post until Monday, July 11th.

McGruff the Crime Dog has another birthday (July 1st) — I am sure everyone has fond memories of our furry law enforcement helper. Please feel free to share yours on the community conversation / comments portion of this web site.

Foothills Community Policing Council meeting reminder: Monday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center facility, 11710 Comanche Road NE.  The meetings are the first Monday of each month unless a holiday falls on that first Monday of the month, and in those cases, the Foothills CPC meeting will be held the next Monday.  These meetings are for the community — please attend them and let your voice be heard.

Fireworks questions? The City’s web site, www.cabq.gov, has information on fireworks rules/recommendations/hotline numbers on the Albuquerque Fire Department page.

Scammer Alert:  I have received multiple calls/emails from Foothills Area Command residents about phone and door-to-door scams.  Remember my advice:  keep doors locked and if you are home, respond through the locked door to ‘please respect the“No Solicitors” sign that you have posted’ at your door (we have these at the Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE).  If the person is aggressive or suspicious or not honoring your request, call 242-COPS from a safe place and provide the operator the best description you can and an officer will be dispatched to check the area.  For phone scams demanding money for failure to show up for jury duty:  The Albuquerque Police Department will not call you to demand payment for fines.  Do not provide money or personal information and hang up on the caller.  This scam is occurring in the metro area and I do not want my readers to fall for this one or the other ones that pop up from time to time.

Scams and Schemes:  To research or file a complaint about a business, contact the Better Business Bureau. They are currently looking into a business operating in Albuquerque offering free steak dinners to hear a presentation on solar energy, and once at the dinner, the topic is changed to buying ‘miracle paint’ and NASA-technology Mylar attic insulation and fan systems to save heating/cooling dollars.  Once the attendee has made a consultation appointment, the person now wants to inspect your home and set up a financing plan if you will just provide the person with your checking account information so he can make unspecified ‘low monthly deductions’ from your account to pay for his miraculous energy saving technology.  The ‘miracle paint’ is going for $4.29 to $5.00 a square foot, and the invoice shown to me by a free steak dinner recipient showed potential charges of up to about $12,000 and a ’24-hour only’ high pressure sales job.  The citizen is also asked to provide 20 names and addresses and host a ‘solar energy’ gathering at their home so the representative can do a sales pitch in exchange for the host receiving a free attic fan.  Please do your homework when approached with these types of sales pitches and be cautious about who you allow into your home or provide with access to your financial and personal information.  This particular business is operating with no-longer-working cell phones with Albuquerque numbers and a Florida number, no physical address that can be tracked, no business cards and the postcards mailed to mostly senior citizens are retrieved by the sales person at the ‘free’ steak dinner location.  They claim to hit one city/town and saturate it and then move on to save their resources.  Remember, if you want services at your home, YOU do the contacting or reaching out AFTER thoroughly researching your options.  If you want a steak dinner, it may be more cost-effective to pay for it yourself versus a potential $12,000 steak and access to your financial data and home.

I will be out of the office the week of July 4 – 8. You will not see my daily postings during this time. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Crime Prevention Learning Opportunities at the Foothills Substation in July:

Workshop Wednesday, July 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Foothills Substation, 12800 Lomas Blvd NE

“Emergencies:  What to Expect When Calling 911 or 242-COPS” has 5 seats remaining.  If you want to attend, email me at jcgarcia@cabq.gov.  I had a last minute offer from City Councilor Trudy Jones (District 8) to provide me with “Vials of Life” from the Albuquerque Fire Department — I will have those available at the workshop.  These are for citizens to list their medications and keep stored on the refrigerator in case of emergency and medics need to get you and your meds to an emergency facility or perform medical rescue on the spot.  The “Vials of Life” also provide vital information if certain medications produce allergic reactions or life-threatening reactions so emergency responders can care for you properly if you are not able to speak in an emergency/medical situation.

Foothills Area Command Neighborhood Watch Summit:  Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 — 7:30 p.m. at the Foothills Substation, 12800 Lomas Blvd NE: FULL!

Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, June 30th:

1 Car Jacking: Intersection of Linn & Burma.

2 Robberies to Individuals:  100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10200-block of Candelaria NE.

5 Stolen Vehicles: 11200-block of Kaibob Rd SE, 11900-block of Harrington NE, 10800-block of Comanche Rd NE, 1800-block of Dorothy NE, 4500-block of Bermuda NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 11000-block of Cochiti SE, 300-block of Western Skies SE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of DeSoto SE, 600-block of Chelwood Park Blvd SE, 3900-block of Camino De La Sierra NE.

What was stolen from vehicles in the prior 24 hours in the Foothills Area Command?  A .380 caliber Smith & Wesson gun, a wallet, a government ID, a military ID, credit cards.  No matter how quick you assume your stop will be, take the one second or less to lock your vehicle and bring your items with you.  This will lower the risk level of being an auto burglary victim and protects you from auto burglary.  It takes seconds to break into a vehicle; it takes years to clean up identity theft. Hopefully an innocent citizen or one of our police officers will not harmed with the stolen gun taken during an auto burglary yesterday.  I am seeing an average of 10 guns a month stolen during mostly auto burglaries, some auto thefts and residential burglaries, in the Foothills for the Second Quarter of 2016.  Please take measures to secure your firearms. Free trigger locks are available at the Foothills Substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) in the lobby – – come by and help yourself to a trigger lock.

Have a safe and fun weekend and Independence Day,

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