APD Crime Prevention Update – Foothills Substation 1-19-2014

  *_Recovered Stolen Property at the Foothills Substation _***

    *_NO jewelry_*_was found among the items recovered by our
    officers._  If you had jewelry stolen, we don’t have it here at the
    Foothills Substation.

    _The property recovered was found on January 10^th . _If you have
    been burglarized after that date, we don’t have your property here
    at the Foothills Substation.

    If you have been burglarized you must call *332-5240 to request an
    appointment* with a detective.

    Please do not call me to set up your appointment or to move up your
    appointment ahead of other’s appointments. *Please call 332-5240 for

    When you call to set up the appointment with a detective, have your
    police report case number handy. If you don’t know that number, our
    staff can assist you.

    Bring a copy of your police report with you when you meet the
    detective assigned to you at the Foothills substation.  If you don’t
    have a copy, our staff can assist you.

    *_Crime Trends_*

    Now that the holidays are over, we saw a trend of adults directing
    youths (14-19 years old) to commit crimes.

    Adults are being reported ‘chauffeuring’ juveniles and waiting with
    a vehicle running outside target homes for burglaries; the youths
    are sent inside to commit the crime. *Report suspicious activity to
    242-COPS (2677) from a safe place.*

    An uptick of doggie doors being used as points of entry for
    residential burglaries again. *Secure your doggie doors!*

    Seeing more cases now of going to the back of the home and breaking
    in through a rear door. *Watch for strangers climbing neighbors’
    fences or poking around yards to get to the back of homes.  Call
    242-COPS or 911.*

    *_Ladders:_*Reports of *10-50 aluminum ladders* *a day* being stolen
    by a person or team.  These are being taken to recycle centers and
    exchanged for quick money.

    *Secure your property – Put away your ladders when done with your
    project – Lock up items in sheds – Keep those garage doors closed!*

12 More Things a Burgler Won’t Tell You

 1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like  a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever  look like a crook.

 2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

 3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a  little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll  stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he  doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was  doing. It’s human nature.

 4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that  money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without  setting it?

 5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs  that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems  I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at  night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

 6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page.  It’s easier than you think to look up your address.  Parents:  caution your kids about this.  You see this every day.

 7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during  the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s  an invitation.

 8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door.  Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.    10.  Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

 11.  You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into  that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not  bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

 12.  A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the  best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on  while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that  works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real  television

10 Things a Burgler Won’t Tell you

  1.  Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week  cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering  your new refrigerator.

  2.  Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was  working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I  unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

  3.  Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and  taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys  your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of  gaming system they have.

  4.  Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the  driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door  to see how long it takes you to remove it..

  5.  If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to  create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in  the driveway are a dead giveaway.

  6.  If decorative glass is part of your front entrance,  don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I  can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

  7.  A good security company alarms the window over the  sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often  access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad  idea to put motion detectors up there too.

  8.  It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and  you forget to lock your door – understandable. But  understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

  9.  I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for  directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t  take me up on it.)

  10.  Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer?  I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the  medicine cabinet.