Trending Tuesday: Over the last week the Foothills Area Command has had several residential burglaries reported with easy entry points provided for criminals: unlocked doors, windows and open garages. With warm weather coming up this week, activating swamp coolers, starting yard and home projects over Memorial Day weekend, kids out of school and in and out of the house it will be more important than ever to secure your homes. When we have holiday weekends and warmer weather, we tend to let our guard down about locking up homes and leaving garage doors open.
I recommend that readers look into ways to secure their homes by:
- checking door locks and switching to a new lock if the lock isn’t up to par or the door/house has settled
- adding beefed up strike plates to doors with at least four 3 1/2″ long screws deep into the door frame
- checking window screens and replacing screen if they are torn. Checking for any worn or loose screws.
- adding anti-lift/anti-slide mechanisms to sliding glass doors and windows on the ground level
- removing the garage door opener from your vehicle when you park
- securing your garage door and side doors to the garage and locking the door from the garage into the home
- securing doggie doors
- putting away ladders and removing any items near fences that can be used as stepping stools to your back or side yard
There are many more crime prevention tips for securing homes, the ones I listed above are just general and basic. Stop by the APD Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Boulevard NE (between Tramway and Juan Tabo) and pick up a few brochures on preventing residential burglaries Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to learn more.
If you are going on vacation call our APD Foothills front office at 332-5240 and request a Periodic Watch on your home. If our officers are in between dispatched calls for service, they can stop by the house and do a quick visual to make sure everything looks secure. Alert a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out on the house and bring in any advertisements, newspapers, unexpected packages and mail, roll up the trash bins or park in your driveway to make the home look occupied while you are gone.
Property Crimes Reported on Monday, May 22nd in the Foothills Area Command
7 Stolen Vehicles: 10400-block of Research Rd SE, 12200-block of Central NE, 3100-block of Jane NE, 12500-block of Woodland NE, 11800-block of Montgomery, 11600-block of Academy and a vehicle stolen during a residential burglary on 11100-block of Gibson SE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 11100-block of Gibson SE, 1800-block of Embudo Dr NE, 2500-block of Georgene NE. Entries: Broke down front door. Damaged lock box and door. Unforced entry. Items stolen: Car keys and vehicle, cabinets and door knobs, concealed carry permit, VA card, IDs, credit cards, wallet and jewelry.
5 Auto Burglaries: 1300-block of Nakomis NE, two vehicles at separate addresses on the 900-block of Alice NE, 13000-block of Granite NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles, one door lock punched to make entry. Items stolen: IDs, garage door opener, multiple items found in nearby alley, offenders attempted to steal two vehicles and caused damage to the vehicles.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command