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Daily Watch Notes for 05132016 to 05162016 and Crime Prevention Tip of the Day

Good Day to you all,

Here are the property crimes as they were reported to us over this past weekend.

15 Auto Thefts – 8700 blk of Woodland, 6800 blk of Prairie, 7500 blk of Montgomery, 6500 blk of Montgomery, 6200 blk of Indian School, 5800 blk of Harper, 1600 blk of Wisconsin, 3900 blk of Lafayette, 7700 blk of Trail Ridge, 5200 blk of San Antonio, 7100 blk of Wyoming, 1600 blk of Pennsylvania, 5700 blk Osuna, 1400 blk of Pennsylvania, 2100 blk of Menaul.

19 Auto Burglaries – 4900 blk of Pan American, 7800 blk of Wilshire, 9600 blk of Montgomery, Charleston/Veranda area, 4900 blk of Montgomery, 2100 blk of Louisiana, 8800 blk of Eagle Feather, 6400 blk of Rancho Ladera, 6400 blk of Wyoming, 5200 blk of San Mateo, 2100 blk of Louisiana, 6000 blk of Brentwood, 9700 blk of Regal Ridge x2, 8400 blk of Gordon Snidow Ct, 6100 blk of Casa Feliz, 3200 blk of Rhode Island, 2000 blk of Erbbe, 5900 blk of Florence.

Points of entry were listed as broken windows, punched door locks and unlocked doors. Items taken included multiple Firearms, purses, wallets, insurance, registration, keys, social security cards, iPads, backpacks, employee IDs, loose change, laptops, and tools.

11 Residential Burglaries – 4800 blk of Northridge, Ct, 2600 blk of Dakota, 3900 blk of Morningside, 7700 blk of Derickson, 7200 blk of Cardiff, 7500 blk of Capulin, 3400 blk of Comanche, 3400 blk of Wellesley, 9400 blk of Spain, 6200 blk of Indian School, 3900 blk of Montgomery.

Points of entry were listed as garages, kicked in front doors, unlocked windows, and dog doors. Items taken included jewelry, laptops, tools, Firearms, and televisions.


My counterpart from the FH Area Command sent out a reminder in regards to Door to Door Solicitors. Below, you will see her post and then the additional information listed below for Home Invasions. I believe this to be vital information for all across the community. 

Courtesy of Jill Garcia, ICPS, Crime Prevention Specialist FH Area Command.

Please be aware of anyone soliciting door-to-door offering to do yard work or following you in a vehicle when you leave the bank, ATM, grocery store, etc. Use your Situational Awareness Skills! Scan the area around you and your vehicle and inside the vehicle before you get behind the wheel or hop out to run your errands. Ask for an escort from the store if you think you may be in an unsafe area. Do errands with a buddy. Ladies — leave the purse at home! It makes you loaded down and a target. If you feel you are being followed home, by pass the home and go to a well-traveled, populated area that is safe and call 242-COPS (2677) to get help and report the incident.

Responding to the solicitor or stranger at the door, it is imperative to keep doors and windows locked when you are at home. If you have a stranger at the door, I recommend responding through the locked door that you do not welcome solicitors. If you are home, make your presence known, but do not open the door.

The APD has free “No Solicitor” signs you can post near your door or you can purchase one or make your own. The APD signs are available at APD substations at no charge.

Home Invasion Robbery

Protect Your Family with a Security Plan

Courtesy of Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM

Home Invasion

One of the more frightening and potentially dangerous crimes that can occur to a family is a home invasion robbery. A home invasion is when robbers force their way into an occupied home, apartment or hotel room to commit a robbery or other crimes.  It is particularly frightening because it violates our private space and the one place that we think of as our sanctuary.

Home invasion is like the residential form of an automobile carjacking and it’s on the rise. Like the crime of carjacking, most police agencies don’t track home invasions as a separate crime. Most police agencies and the FBI will statistically record the crime as a residential burglary or a robbery. Without the ability to track the specific crime of home invasion, little can be done to alert the public as to the frequency of occurrence in their community or devise a law enforcement plan of action to control it.

Criminal Profile

Residential burglars work mostly during the day and when a residence is more likely to be unoccupied. Most burglars work alone and tend to probe a neighborhood looking for the right residence and the right opportunity. Alarm signs and decals, bars on windows, strong locks and doors, big dogs, and alert neighbors can sometimes deter burglars. Also, burglars will avoid a confrontation and will usually flee when approached. Most burglaries do not result in violence unless the criminal is cornered and uses force to escape.

Home invasion robbers, in contrast, work more often at night and on weekends when homes are more likely to be occupied. The home invader will sometimes target the resident as well as the dwelling. The selection process may include a woman living alone, a wealthy senior citizen or a known drug dealer, for example. It is not unheard of for a robber to follow you home based on the value of the car you are driving or the jewelry you are wearing. Some home invaders might have been in your home before as a delivery person, installer or repair vendor.  Home robbers rarely work alone and rely on an overwhelming physical confrontation to gain initial control and instill fear in you. The greatest violence usually occurs during the initial sixty seconds of the confrontation and home invaders often come prepared with handcuffs, rope, duct tape, and firearms. Some in-home robbers appear to enjoy the intimidation, domination, and violence and some even claim it’s a “rush.”

Dangerous Trends

The act of committing a home invasion is escalating much like carjacking. The reason for the increase seems to follow a similar pattern. Much like automobiles, the traditional commercial targets for robbers like convenience stores and fast-food restaurants have hardened themselves against criminal attack and have reduced available cash. Technology has allowed commercial establishments to install affordable video surveillance systems, silent alarms, and other anti-crime deterrent devices.  A residence, by comparison, is now a more attractive choice.

Home invaders know that they won’t have to overcome alarm systems when the home is occupied or be worried about video cameras and silent alarms. Unlike robbing a retail store, home invaders expect privacy once inside your home and won’t have to deal with the police suddenly driving up or customers walking in. Once the offenders take control of a residence they can force the occupants to open safes, locate hidden valuables, supply keys to the family car, and PIN numbers to their ATM cards. Home invaders will try to increase their escape time by disabling the phones and sometimes will leave their victims bound or incapacitated. It is not unheard of for robbers to load up the victim’s car with valuables and drive away without anyone in the neighborhood taking notice.

Method of Operation

The most common point of attack is through the front door or garage. Sometimes the home invader will simply kick open the door and confront everyone inside. More common is when the home invaders knock on the door first or ring the bell. The home invader hopes that the occupant will simply open the door, without question, in response to their knock. Unfortunately, many people do just that.

Home invaders will sometimes use a ruse or impersonation to get you to open the door. They have been known to pretend to be delivering a package, flowers or lie about an accident like hitting your parked car. Once the door is opened for them, the home invaders will use an explosive amount of force and threats to gain control of the home and produce fear in the victims. Once the occupants are under control the robbers will begin to collect your valuables.

Some home robbers have been known to spend hours ransacking a residence while the homeowners are bound nearby watching in terror. Some robbers have been known to eat meals, watch TV, or even take a nap. A major fear is that the robbers might commit more violence like sexual assault or even murder. Some robbers have kidnapped and forced a victim to withdraw cash from their ATM machine or take them to their small business to rob it as well.

Prevention Steps

The same tactics used to prevent daytime burglaries will go a long way to preventing forced entry home robberies. If you can delay a home invader at the point of entry then you have a chance of deterring them or have time to call the police. A solid core door, strong locks with reinforced strike plates, and reinforced window devices will stop most forced entries. See my web page on Home Security Tips for more information. Some homeowners build safe rooms inside their home to allow them to retreat or escape the violence while giving them valuable time to call the police.

The weakest home security link is the home occupant who fails to lock doors or windows or who will open the door without question at the sound of a knock. The best defense against home invasion is education and planning. Parents should hold a family meeting to discuss how to answer the door when someone knocks. Another important topic is how to act should your home or family be invaded. Once you know how home robbers work, you can effectively prevent most occurrences. See also Home Invasion Family Survival Tips for more information.

Remember these important security steps:

  • Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
  • Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
  • Use four three-inch screws to secure heavy duty lock strike plates in the door frame
  • Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
  • Use your porch light to help you to see clearly outside
  • Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
  • Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
  • Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
  • Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors
  • Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
  • Set the home perimeter alarm at night, if you have one