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Daily Watch Notes 08052015

Property Crimes for the past 24 hours are as follows:

7 Auto Thefts – 5000 blk of Mescalero, 2 in the 5700 blk of Osuna, 2500 blk of Wyoming, 5900 blk of Alameda, 4500 blk of San Andres, 6200 blk of Indian School

2 Auto Burglaries – 5200 blk of San Antonio, 5300 blk of Montgomery.

Points of entry were a lock punch to a driver door and possible unsecured door. Items taken were electronic type items

5 Residential Burglaries – 8900 blk of La Barranca, 1400 blk of Espejo, 5900 blk of Canyon Creek, 7100 blk of Kiowa, 7300 blk of Hawthorn

Points of entry were rear sliding glass doors through wrought iron, front doors that were kicked in and unsecured doors and/or windows.

Items taken were jewelry, cash and a vehicle.

Crime Prevention Tips – Residential Burglaries – While residential burglaries are still not entirely high, here are some tips with regard to how to keep your home safe. Each day, we are seeing more than we would like to. Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors.

  • Establish trusted relationships with neighbors on your block. Agree to watch out for each other and report any suspicious activity in and around your home.  Remember, residential burglaries statistically occur during the day, so if possible, identify trusted neighbors who might be home during this time.
  • Evaluate your existing lighting and pay particular attention to access points such as entry/exit doors and windows. Make sure that each area has adequate illumination so that your neighbors can see any suspicious activity occurring on your property.  Consider adding motion sensors to lights in remote areas around the home.
  • Each door should be metal or solid core with a deadbolt lock and a minimum 1” throw. Short strike plate screws should be replaced with 3-4” screws that secure the plate into the doorframe.  Doors should also be equipped with 180-degree eye viewers.  Consider a security screen door.
  • Trim all bushes and shrubs below the window level and up from the ground. Trim mature trees up to a level 6-8 feet above ground.  Eliminate hiding places or areas that allow someone the opportunity to enter through a window without being noticed.
  • All primary window locks should be in place and fully operational. Install secondary thumbscrew locks on guide rails.  Place them in a location that prohibits the window from being opened more than a few inches.  Also, make sure screens are in place and secure.  (Note:  Windows and pet doors are common illegal entry points)
  • Install screws in the upper rail of sliding glass doors. Place them just far enough into the rail to prohibit the door from being lifted and removed.  Dowel rods and “charley bars” are secondary methods to secure the door, but make sure the primary locking devise is operational.
  • Non-forced entry burglaries are on the rise, especially during warm weather months. Eliminate this possible access point by closing and locking garage doors, windows and front/back doors.
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch for your block by calling the Albuquerque Police Departments Crime Prevention Unit at 244-6644

As always, if there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at the NE Area Command substation. Thank you!