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Property Crime / Trends / Human Trafficking Awareness / Substation Closed for MLK Day

The Foothills Substation will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will be open again on Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. 

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:  January 11, 2017

Those who attended last year’s two sessions (APD Foothills “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” and another larger session at the Jewish Community Center) with guest speaker Special Agent Lois Kinch from the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General Special Investigations Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will recall how easy it can be for our youth to be tempted to communicate with or meet a stranger they have met online and get swept up into the dark world of child exploitation and human trafficking. This is not a type of crime and victimization that only happens in other nations — it happens closer to home as well.

In 2010 by Presidential Proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  January 11th has been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and more information is available through:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

The following is an excerpt from the above White House link:

“As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.”

Use #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay to post on social media about human trafficking and awareness.

Please be aware of who your children and grandchildren are communicating with in the digital world.  Monitor their activity; filter their activity if need be — there are many apps out there and aids to help parents with monitoring and safeguarding kids.  Spend time with them going over the ground rules and the ways to be safer on line.  The City of Albuquerque web site and local substations have related materials on being safer on the internet and child safety tips (www.cabq.gov/police).

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

6 Auto Thefts:  900-block of Pawnee St NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 2500-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, Eldorado High School tennis court parking lot, Bear Canyon Trail parking (High Desert & Spain), 12700-block of Calle Amado Rd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Figueroa and 10200-block of Betts St NE.  Entry via unlocked window and other entry not stated at time of my research.

3 Auto Burglaries:  600-block of Four Hills Rd SE, High Desert & Spain trail parking area, 10500-block of Academy Rd NE.  Entries were ‘smash and grabs’ (breaking the window) and damaging a lock.  Tools, purses and their contents were stolen.

Trends:  I continue to see an auto burglary problem at the various Foothills Area Command trail access parking lots/areas east of Tramway from the High Desert/Spain Rd area south as far as Embudo Park/trail area.  Purses and wallets are left behind in vehicles and those are being stolen.  Tools continue to hold steady as ‘hot ticket’ items for criminals.  Properly securing your property and paring down what you leave behind in a parked vehicle can make a big difference in whether you are a victim or the criminal passes your vehicle by in favor of a weaker target.  

Be safe!

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS, Albuquerque Police Department, Foothills Area Command