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Selling Meat from Truck / Free items at the Substation / Property Crime on Monday

Selling meat from a truck:  I have received word from one of my Neighborhood Watch Block Captains that a male is selling meat in residential areas from a truck.  He has been seen in the Candelaria/Juan Tabo area and the Spain/Juan Tabo area.  Although the thought of buying meat from a stranger out of his truck seems unappetizing and unsafe to begin with, this type of behavior is not only unsafe due to health issues but it could possibly be supporting a shoplifting or theft ring.  There is no need to panic or chase this person if you encounter him —  just call the non-emergency 242-COPS (2677) number from a safe place if you see him to report this to law enforcement.  The officer who is dispatched can check the area based upon the description provided by the caller and ask to verify the seller’s City of Albuquerque permit for door-to-door soliciting, etc.  If anyone is at your door unannounced and uninvited, please respond through the locked door that you do not want to be bothered. On a related note, No Soliciting Signs are at the Foothills Substation for the community to pick up in person.  The signs are for residents to post at the front door, window by the front door, gate or fence leading to the front door and are free of charge.  Please come by Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m and 4:45 p.m. to pick up yours.  Please come in person and when you ask for your sign, ask for the blue flier on Door to Door Soliciting rules that the Crime Prevention Unit has published as a companion piece to the signs.

Vials of Life:  We have a few left in the lobby of the Foothills substation.  This little kit contains a baggie with a magnet and a pamphlet for the citizen to fill out with prescription drug information, supplements, health issues, allergies and directives in case of emergency.  Once the pamphlet is completed by you, slip the pamphlet inside the plastic baggie and store on your refrigerator.  If medical responders are summoned to your home, the pamphlet will assist them with how to treat you and if you have medications that need to be transported along with you to a care facility and what your medical directives are and where those are located.  I was provided with about 100 and we are down now to about 20 in our lobby.  If you have a loved one or you are on medications or have allergies to medications, the Vial of Life is important in the event of an emergency 911 call.

Renters Guides from New Mexico Legal Aid:  I have a small supply left of the 2015 New Mexico Legal Aid Renters Guide for Landlords and Tenants left in the Foothills Substation lobby.  These are great resources for those who own or manager rentals and for renters/residents.  Feel free to stop by and pick up a guide — they are bright green and on the side table in our lobby.  They will be provided to the community until we run out.  If you want to get a Renters Guide on your own, contact the New Mexico Legal Aid group at 301 Gold Street SE or call (505) 243-7871. 

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Monday, July 18th:

1 Commercial Robbery:  11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

3 Stolen Vehicles: 1000-block of Tomasita St NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, and 10500-block of Lagrima de Oro NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 600-block of Morris St NE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 10500-block of San Jacinto NE, 12300-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12800-block of Donette Court NE, 10500-block of Lagrima de Oro NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 600-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, report made at Foothills Substation but 100-block/address not available at time of this post.

Trends?  Unforced entries!  Lock up your homes and vehicles and you will reduce the risk level and odds of being a burglary victim.  Purses and wallets being stolen from unlocked vehicles and unlocked homes.  Take the few extra seconds to lock your vehicle (and your home!).  The purses being stolen and their contents lead to a ‘snowball’ effect of more crime like residential burglary, vehicle theft, identity theft, fraud and forgery. 

Stop by the substation for fliers, Vials of Life, No Soliciting Signs, Renters Guide for Landlords and Tenants and other items to help you learn more about crime prevention.  Fliers for the August “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” monthly crime prevention workshop are also on the lobby table and PokemonGo safety tips.  Have a great day —

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