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Daily Watch Notes 12022016 and Holiday Tips

Good Day Folks!

Happy to report, we did not have any auto thefts over the last 24 hours due to warm ups.

Below are the property crimes for the command over the past 24 hours and some holiday tips as promised.

6 Auto Thefts – 7800 blk of Robin, 4200 blk of Delamar, 6100 blk of Natalie, 2400 blk of Palomas, 1600 blk of Pennsylvania, 3900 blk of Montgomery –

Of these Auto Thefts – 2 of them had firearms that were left inside of them.

4 Auto Burglaries – 7100 blk of Arvada, 3100 blk of San Mateo, 2400 blk of Jefferson, 4100 blk of Prospect.

Points of entry were listed as punched door locks and broken windows.

Items taken were firearms, computers, purses and backpacks w/laptops.

4 Residential Burglaries – 1800 blk of Lester, 7500 blk of Burke, 6400 blk of Santa Monica, 9600 blk of De Vargas Lp.

Points of entry were listed as non forced and kicked in doors.

Items taken were listed as clothing and alcoholic spirits.

As always, please let us know if you have questions or concerns. Thank you!

BELOW ARE THE HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS THAT ARE PROVIDED BY THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S CRIME PREVENTION UNIT.

HOLIDAY SAFETY

SHOPPING AND OUT IN PUBLIC

  • Always by aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts
  • Give some thought to what is considered “normal behavior” in a given environment.  Ex. People do not typically stand around in parking lots.  If you notice a suspicious person or activity in a parking lot, return to the store, ask for an escort and/or notify security or store personnel.
  • Always be aware of other people around you and make note of their behavior
  • Walk with authority, purpose and awareness
  • Park your vehicle as close to an entrance as possible and/or park in well lit and active locations
  • Lock all personal items in the trunk or away from view – roll up windows, take the keys and lock the doors
  • Keep all items inside your vehicle away from view.  Any thing in full view could potentially by a target of opportunity.
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle and limit the number of items in your hands
  • Get in you vehicle as soon as possible, lock the doors immediately and then get settled.  (Note: Continue to be aware of persons in your area and keep your doors locked till you reach your next destination.)
  • Remove all visible targets that might make you a victim of a crime – WOMEN SHOULD NEVER CARRY A PURSE IN PUBLIC.  Rather, carry only those items necessary for a particular trip. (Ex. Drivers license, medical card, some form of payment, like a debt card and a little bit of money.)  Carry these items concealed from view.
  • If you choose to carry a defensive device like pepper spray – have proper training.
  • Panhandlers – Avoid panhandlers when ever possible.  Their behavior could be potentially unpredictable.  Do not give them cash or offer any kind of substitute, like food or other types of assistance.  In most cases, cash will not be used for what they are suggesting.  It will typically be used to support a substance abuse habit.  (Note:  If you want to assist them, make a donation to one of several service providers available.)

 SECURING YOUR RESIDENCE PRIOR TO HOLIDAY TRAVEL

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to watch your residence and report suspicious activity.
  • If possible, have a trusted friend or family member stay at your home.
  • Install automatic timers on lights, TV’s and radios to give the impression someone is home.
  • Do not have mail and newspaper delivery stopped.  This information could fall into the wrong hands.  Ask the trusted neighbor to collect them each day.
  • If you have a rollout trash dumpster, have a neighbor place it in the street on pick up day and return it that evening.
  • Ask a neighbor to park a vehicle in the driveway when ever possible
  • Be extra cautious about locking all doors and windows.  All primary window locks should be operational and secondary locks should be installed.
  • Make sure trees and shrubs are trimmed to allow for good natural surveillance of your property.
  • Make arrangements to have exterior lights on each night.
  • Each entrance should have solid core or metal doors and deadbolt locks.
  • Let neighbors, family and friends know when you plan to return from a trip.