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Are you ready? CERT! / Property Crime in the Foothills on Wednesday 11/30/16

Are you ready?  December is National Infrastructure Protection Month by Presidential Proclamation.  Are you prepared for an emergency?  Do you want to learn how to help your community in an emergency situation?  Albuquerque and surrounding residents can participate through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  CERT trains teams of citizen volunteers to assist with emergency situations such as flood, tornado, pandemic, severe winter storms and assist with residential and neighborhood checks, evacuation, medical triage, debris removal, sandbagging, managing and processing donations of supplies, staffing emergency shelters and more.  In non-emergency situations, CERT assists with preparedness efforts, supporting emergency planning exercises and many more valuable services for the community.  Contact the City of Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management to answer questions or to find out how you can serve the community during a crisis.  Call the Citizens Contact Center (dial 311) to be connected to the Office of Emergency Management.

If you want more information here are some resources:

  • FEMA.gov
  • National Office of Citizen Corps
  • Ready.gov
  • DisasterHelp.gov
  • www.cabq.gov See Emergency / Community Emergency Response Team

Property Crime in the Foothills on Wednesday, November 30th

4 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of Eubank, 200-block of Figueroa, 12300-block of Indian School Rd NE, 4900-block of Trailhead Rd NE. A purse and set of car keys were ‘hidden’ under the seat in one stolen vehicle case and the victim’s credit cards were being used at multiple big-box home repair/hardware stores and convenience stores after the auto theft.

3 Commercial Burglaries:  12000-block of Skyline Rd NE ,600-block of Chelwood Park NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:    700-block of Doe Ln SE, 4100-block of Skyline Rd NE.  Entries made via walking in unlocked front door and walking into open garage.

5 Auto Burglaries:  1000-block of Matador SE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo, 9800-block of Candelaria NE, 1300-block of Nakomis NE,12200-block of Academy.  Entries made by opening damaged door that had not been repaired and unlocked vehicles accessed.  Items stolen included work access badge and ID for a hospital, mace, 2 garage door openers,vehicle registrations and insurance documents, and multiple IDs. 

I can’t stress enough how we can control our own environments by locking up, not ‘hiding’ items inside parked vehicles, removing garage door openers when we park and any items with personal information or value.  Leave nothing visible.  Don’t attempt to ‘hide’ items — criminals know where those hiding spots are in the vehicle.  Keep garage doors closed — these are easy access points not only to your stuff in the garage and the vehicles parked in the garage, but a direct (and usually unlocked) access point into your home.  Be safe — take the few extra seconds to secure your property and your odds of being a victim will be greatly reduced.

Stay safe, and I hope I have sparked some interest in our local CERT program!

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