Welcome to the APD Foothills Area Command’s newly formed Neighborhood Watch group on Della Longa Lane NE and some nearby neighbors on Calle Alto NE, Calle De Cielo NE and Nube Blanco NE. A big thank you to Claudia S. who organized and hosted the meeting. Lieutenant Kenneth Johnston and I spoke to the group about crime prevention and crime trends and answered some great questions from the residents. Glenwood Hills neighborhood has formed two APD-recognized Neighborhood Watch groups since July this year. Clearly there is something special happening in Glenwood Hills to get residents motivated and unified to form these groups and to serve as extra eyes and ears on the block.
If you would like to form a Neighborhood Watch or want to re-start an existing Neighborhood Watch that died out contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 for a starter kit or to ask him to look up the active/non-active status of your block. There’s not much required: complete the starter kit, hand out invitations and I’ll be there to talk about crime prevention and at the meeting we will need at least 50% of the homes on the block represented and have a Block Captain to serve as the point of contact. These groups are not about forming patrols or chasing bad guys — we want to educate residents about crime prevention and safely reporting suspicious or criminal activity on the block.
National Stop Bullying Day: National Stop Bullying Day, which is referred to by some as “Unity Day” is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. This annual designation is designed to bring awareness of the need to stand up against and put an end to bullying. Although not a ‘crime prevention’ topic, bullying is all too common today and it takes a community to put a stop to bullying.
Believe me, bullying happens in all kinds of settings and bullies come in all ages, genders and professions.
To learn how to deal with bullying or to assist someone who is being bullied, these organizations and their recommendations can help lead to a family, work place or classroom discussion:
- National Crime Prevention Council
- Stop Bullying Council
- Albuquerque Public Schools
Four quick tips on stopping bullying: 1) Walk Away, preferably towards someone in authority or someone who will not put up with bullying. 2) Report It, whether at work, school or in a group, or if on-line or social media to the service provider. 3) Look the Bully in the Eye and Tell Them to Stop. Keep it short and simple, use a direct response and don’t insult or compliment — just tell the bully to stop. 4) Stay Calm. Breathe, stay calm and make sure you report it to someone in authority.
Property Crime Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, October 10th:
1 Armed Robbery/Vehicle (Car Jacking): 12800-block of Indian School Road NE.
1 Robbery to an Individual: 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: 11300-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10400-block of Theresa Pl NE, 3700-block of Big Bend Rd NE, 4700-block of Spanish Bit NE.
4 Commercial Burglaries: 10600-block of Central Ave NE, 200-block of Dorado SE, 1600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Western Skies SE, 13200-block of Mountain Rd NE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, Copper NE Trail Head Parking Area, 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 4500-block of Morris St NE, 12200-block of Academy Rd NE. Entries: Damaging door locks, and three methods of entries were not noted at the time of my research. Items stolen from vehicles over the past 24 hours: A purse, wallet, IDs, and car keys. Multiple knives, Air Force certificates and sunglasses. Cash, clothing and paperwork. Three of six auto burglaries left damages to the vehicles due to failed attempts to steal the vehicles.
Lock up and remove all items of value when you park and leave nothing visible inside the vehicle.
Have a great day and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist/ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command