Day 23 of the Foothills Garage Door Pledge: So far, I’ve seen one burglary in the Foothills Area Command that involved entry via a garage door that was left open. A garage door opener was stolen from a parked vehicle yesterday on the 3800-block of Inca Street NE yesterday. To avoid the stress and anxiety of wondering if a burglar is going to return to burglarize your home after burglarizing your vehicle and stealing a garage door remote, remove all items of value when you park. Bring those items inside with you. You may be preventing an auto theft, auto burglary and residential burglary and an encounter with a criminal inside your garage by simple securing your own property. Most of us don’t think about this, but we need to start changing habits. One small change can make a big difference! As they say, a new habit can be formed in 21 days – why not start today? Clean out that car and don’t park and leave anything of value in the vehicle when you walk away.
Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, September 19th
1 Armed Robbery at a Business: 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: 11800-block of Isle Royale SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 12100-block of Woodland NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 12300-block of Mountain Road NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 2600-block of Hagland NE, 12100-block of Menaul Blvd NE. One entry via kicking in the door at the back of the home and the other one was not determined at time of my research.
7 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Western Skies SE, 3400-block of Candelight Court NE, 3200-block of Morris NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE, 3800-block of Inca Street NE, Spain & High Desert NE (trail access area), 5400-block of Hines Drive NE. Five of seven burglaries were unforced entries — we could have had five fewer victims and five more calls our police officers could have been dispatched to handle on Monday if people simply removed all items of value and locked up when they parked and walked away.
Articles stolen from parked vehicles yesterday? Tools, multiple vehicle registrations and insurance documents, cash, phone charger, a back pack, pay stubs with the victim’s Social Security number visible, vehicle accessories, a garage door opener, a wallet, driver’s license, multiple credit cards, multiple gift cards, a gym bag, clothing and a transmitter. Why steal these items? Here’s the breakdown: Tools are re-sold for cash or pawned or traded. Vehicle registrations and insurance documents and any item with personal information (like the driver’s licenses and pay stubs and Social Security number and credit cards) are often used to commit fraud and forgery and identity theft. Garage door openers are used to burglarize homes, other vehicles or access other vehicles to steal the vehicle. Gift cards are re-sold. The transmitter and phone charger will probably be re-sold or traded or used by the offender. Gym bag and clothing may be re-sold or used by the offender or thrown away.
I hope you use the information on this post to ‘harden your target’ and use the awareness to help you decide what has to be inside your parked vehicle and what you can carry with you or leave in a secured location when you park. Be safe and have a great week —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command