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From APD: National Night Out, Concerns about VIN Etching, School is Starting Soon

Post  Admin on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:03 am

Dear Foothills Area Command Neighbors,

I have some information to share with you; please pass this along to your Neighborhood and Home Owner Associations, Neighborhood Watch teams, family and friends.

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 6, 2013!
Contact the Citizen Contact Center (dial 311) by Friday, August 2 by 5:00 pm to register your group’s event. We will make every attempt to have a representative from the Foothills Area Command at your event. National Night Out is a night to celebrate neighborhood unity and your partnership with law enforcement as the ‘eyes and ears’ for your neighborhood.

Concerns about VIN Etching
There is concern from one of our Foothills neighborhood group leaders about VIN etching and criminals spotting a target vehicle to steal, then approaching a dealership to obtain a replacement key and returning to steal that vehicle with a replacement key.

I’ve contacted Sergeant George Vega of APD’s Auto Theft Unit and this concern has come to his attention a few times from citizens. Sgt. Vega wants to reassure citizens that only a car dealership can request a vehicle manufacturer to make a replacement key and proof of ownership is required and the person making the request must have the vehicle in their possession at the time of the key request. If you have questions about VIN etchings, please contact the APD Auto Theft Unit.

June’s 911/242-COPS Calls
Our operators took 74,108 calls in the month of June – 28, 531 to 911 and 45,577 to 242-COPS (our non-emergency line).

School is Starting Soon:
Tips for those of you with children who will be walking to/from school:
• Practice the route with your child so the child has a set, established route.
• Review how important it is to walk with a buddy.
• Go over places your child should avoid (alleys, abandoned structures, construction zones, areas that are hidden from view).
• Go over family rules for walking and making unexpected plans with friends and having a system for getting your OK (going to a friend’s house, having friends over to your home without supervision, answering the door if alone, the responsibility of having a house key, etc.).
• Identify a ‘safe haven’ with your child if they run into trouble (if they are approached or bothered) on their walk to or from school – this can be a relative’s home, trusted neighbor’s home, police or fire station, etc.
• Discuss with your child who you consider to be a ‘trusted adult’ (teachers, police officers, firefighters, a store clerk or security guard, etc.) and what to do if family members are accidentally separated or lost. This is very important with the State Fair and Balloon Fiesta just around the corner.
• Make sure your child knows your rules about engaging with strangers, accepting gifts or rides from a stranger or requests to help an adult find a lost puppy or provide directions. Adults do not ask children for help; they ask other adults.
• Practice what to do in an emergency with your child – calling 911, not hanging up, following the operator’s instructions, remaining calm and waiting for help to arrive. Rehearse your child’s full name, address, parent/guardian contact information, and how they would be able to describe where they are to a 911 operator if they had to call for help (landmarks, cross-streets, big stores, etc.).
• Pick up a free “Slow Down Albuquerque” sign for your block to remind those behind the wheel to slow down! Available at the Foothills Substation.

The Foothills Area Command sends our best wishes
for a great transition back to school!

Thank You for Your Support of Our Foothills Officers and Staff,

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist
Foothills Area Command, APD
12800 Lomas Boulevard NE

Helpful Phone Numbers:
332-5240: Front Office
To request Periodic Watches, speak to a FH supervisor, to file or request a copy of a police report, pick up a free “Slow Down Albuquerque” sign
Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

323-4644: Crime Prevention
Neighborhood Watch, Safety/Security Assessment Visits, Crime Free Multi-Housing


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