Trending Tuesday: Top 3 trends I am seeing over the last week in crimes occurring in the Foothills Area Command
- Continue to have an issue with guns being left unsecured in vehicles, homes and being stolen during burglaries or stolen along with the vehicle during auto thefts. There are several safes, auto safes, methods to secure firearms when not in use.
- Purses and wallets being stolen from parked vehicles. These articles provide criminals with cash, numerous IDs and credit cards and debit cards, gift cards, and the pieces of information needed to set up a profile on the victim and commit identity theft. Our victims in these cases often get re-victimized with identity theft; the ‘snowball’ crime — it starts with an auto burglary and snowballs into more and more crime. Protect your personal information, leave the purse at home and only carry what you need for your errand, carry the wallet with you. The average time it takes for an identity theft victim to clear up the damage is about two years — the burden is on the victim to do the footwork. Just a slight change in an old habit like hiding purses/wallets in vehicles or carrying a purse can make a big difference.
- Work/military items left in vehicles are being stolen at an alarming rate. Thousands of dollars of tools from work vehicles, laptops, computers, cell phones, tablets, military gear… If you cannot remove work items from a work vehicle when you park, you will need a secure space to park, good lighting, an alarm on the vehicle or a driveway sensor alarm, etc. The more you can do to remove the property and bring it inside, layer the target (the vehicle and the items) with protective measures and the more aware and vigilant you are, the better off you’ll be regarding auto burglary.
Daily Property Crime in the Foothills: Monday, 2/6/17
3 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Dorado SE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 100-block of Casa Hermosa NE
1 Residential Burglary: 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE. No method of entry noted at time of research, stole a purse and IDs.
8 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 500-block of Martha NE, 900-block of Torro St SE, 800-block of Buck Trail SE, 500-block of Kally Court NE, 3100-block of Blume St NE, 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4900-block of Tramway Blvd NE. Entries made by merely opening unlocked vehicles, drilling/damaging locks. Items stolen: attempted auto theft, government laptop, $2,000 worth of work tools, work issued computer, vehicle part, purse, IDs, credit cards.
Have a great evening and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command