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Neighbor Alert - Knocking on Doors/Criminal Activity, Female / Male teams

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Post  Admin on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:42 am

From: "Garcia, Jill C."
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:47:28 -0700
To: Saylor, Cliff B.
Subject: Follow-up to recent notice regarding Door Knocking activity

Hello neighbors,

I just wanted to let you know that the recent notice sent out about door-knocking/criminal activities was prompted by information shared by APD employees.

The Crime Prevention Manager, Steve Sink, alerted the FH Area Command that he had received several phone calls at his office from citizens last week. I came across several incidents last week as well that I will share with you below:

At an upscale apartment community in the Mountain Run/Tanoan area, a man was knocking on doors where women lived alone or were alone at the time. One woman refused to answer. The next woman answered and he said he lived in the community and his son was having a seizure and he needed to use her phone to call his wife and ask where the seizure medication was kept. The woman happened to be a nurse and offered to have him take her to his son and he refused her help. The third door he went to resulted in the woman giving him $30 cash and he promised to come back and pay her back the next Monday. Of course, he never returned to repay the woman.

At an apartment complex in the Foothills on Copper, a man with the same description was noted knocking on doors throughout the complex.

At another apartment complex in the Foothills on Copper, a man matching the description was knocking on doors and asked a woman taking out her trash to use her phone in her apartment. She allowed him in to use the phone and was shoved to the ground, put up a struggle while the suspect fought with her.

The Foothills Area Command incidents noted above have all happened between 7 and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

APD Command staff, Crime Prevention staff and several supervisors from specialized units attended a meeting downtown with our Chief in attendance and were told of an incident with door knocking in the wee hours of the morning by the female/2 male team, and there is concern this team was working their way up to this area based on our intelligence efforts and reports.

I just want all of you to know that I would never send an alert out based on anything my Command staff have not verified or that is an “internet urban myth” – we care about our community and want to keep you safe! There was an email floating around from a neighbor passing off the alert notice as being based on internet rumors or urban myth. I assure you I do not have the time to surf the net for myths and rumors to pass on to my neighborhood contacts!

Please do not hesitate to call 242-COPS or 911 to report suspicious activity, and you can always contact me or the front office staff with requests for periodic watches or to pass on important information.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist
APD/Foothills Area Command
332-5240 Office
323-4644 Direct Line

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Neighbor Alert - Knocking on Doors/Criminal Activity, Female / Male teams

Post  Admin on Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:30 am

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From: "Garcia, Jill C."
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:36:50 -0700
To: Garcia, Jill C.
Subject: Neighbor alert: Knocking on Doors/Criminal Activity

I’d like to add a note about the female/two male door-knocking team. This team is using the female to knock on the door and the two men hide and then rush the door to commit a home invasion. The males cannot be seen by the person answering the door. Please do not open your doors to anyone you do not know or are not expecting.

Another prevention measure in addition to Neighborhood Watch is to keep your porch free of items that impair visibility, trim shrubs and trees to eliminate hiding spots, and have an effective lighting system set up such a flood lights and motion detector lights.

If you see this type of activity, please call 242-COPS or 911.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist
APD/Foothills Area Command

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