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Signs: Business Parking Lot Auto Burg Prevention / Property Crime on Tuesday 7/26

In an effort to assist the local business community with auto burglaries occurring in parking lots to both employee and customers vehicles, the Albuquerque Police Department has been distributing a limited number of signs for businesses to post in their parking lots as an auto burglary prevention method.  The signs being distributed by the APD so is only a start with this initiative. 

Albuquerque Sign Print, Ltd. has offered to provide the same version of the signs that APD has distributed for businesses at $19.95 per sign.  If you own or manage a business experiencing auto burglaries or want to help prevent auto burglaries at your place of business and would like to gather together with other businesses (if you are in a strip mall, for example, or have multiple locations) the contact information for Albuquerque Sign, Print Ltd is:

Albuquerque Sign Print, Ltd.  attn:  Ken Koger

6010 Signal Avenue NE

Albuquerque, NM  87113 (505) 294-7446

email:  ken@abqsignprint.com

www.abqsignprint.com

Here are a few of my auto burglary crime prevention tips:

The APD Foothills Area Command wants you to be aware that auto burglaries are being committed across our city in high numbers.  Auto burglary can happen anywhere, anytime with common methods used such as merely trying door handles until finding an unlocked vehicle, smashing windows, punching door locks or prying windows/frames to enter a vehicle.  Vehicles left unlocked or with property that is visible inside the vehicle are commonly targeted by burglars. 

Please share these crime prevention tips with the drivers in your community or at your business to help protect their vehicles and property and to take a pro-active stance to help our police officers fight crime.

  • Lock up vehicles and keep windows rolled up.  Don’t forget the sunroof!
  • Park in well-lit areas with lots of foot traffic (potential witnesses) and good visibility (so your vehicle can be seen clearly by potential witnesses).
  • Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle.
  • Bring your personal papers with you when you exit your vehicle. 
  • Carry your garage door opener with you when you park.
  • Never leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in it.
  • Visible items left in vehicles, no matter the value, are targets for offenders.  Don’t risk a break-in over a diaper bag, coins in the center console, etc.
  • Call 242-COPS (2677) to report suspicious or criminal activity from a place where you are safe.

What items are most frequently stolen items from vehicles?  Purses, wallets, identification, vehicle insurance and registration papers, cash, cell phones, iPods, laptops, backpacks, firearms, CDs, stereo/GPS components.

Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, July 26th:

5 Stolen Vehicles:  13500-block of Chico, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 13200-block of Princess Jeanne NE, 3800-block of Camino Sacramento NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Residential Burglary:  9700-block of Woodland Ave NE.

9 Auto Burglaries:  700-block of Fox Ln SE, 11500-block of Angelina Pl NE, 1500-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE. 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, Elena Gallegos Parking Lot, 11700-block of La Vista Grande Dr NE, 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

What items were stolen in 24 hours for 9 unattended vehicles?  Military back pack, tools, large knife, medical kit, 2 Federal government IDs, purse, multiple IDs, and multiple items not listed individually at time of my research.  How did criminals commit these auto burglaries?  Some victims had no idea how entry could have been made, kicked in a vehicle window, broke windows all to gain access.

Be safe, lock up your vehicles and remove ALL articles of value and that includes anything with your personal information!

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