CRIME ALERTS: 

 Keeping Kids Safe
     This Web site was developed by John Walshfrom "Americas Most Wanted"
www.familywatchdog.us 
     When you visit this site you can enter your address and a map will pop up with your house as the small icon of a house and red, blue, green, dots surrounding your entire neighborhood.
     When you click on these dots a picture of a person will appear with an address and the description of the crime he or she has committed.

Prevent Home Burglaries
1.  Get acquainted with your neighbors and watch out for each other.

2. Buy a safe that can be bolted to the floor and secure all your small valuables and your important papers with your vital personal information on them.

3. Put deadbolt locks on all doors in the front and back and a deadbolt on the door that leads from the garage into the home. Make sure your deadbolt has a strike plate that is attached with 2-inch screws. And make sure the garage-door deadbolt is used at night and during the day when you're not home.  (Thieves like to gain access to the garage, close the doors and then gain access unseen through the garage door.)

4. House alarms deter thieves. So if you have a house alarm, use it and advertise it! Put signs on your windows and doors and in your yard.

5. Leave your porch lights on all night and install motion-detection lights on the sides of the yard that are not usual access points.

6. Bars on doors and windows(they should be opened easily in emergencies) are added protection.

7. Are the bushes in your yard too big that they could hide someone easily or keep you from seeing someone in your yard? If so, it's time to trim. APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink says that trees and bushes should be trimmed so you can see feet and heads and so you can see in and out of windows.

8. Block walls can hide a burglary in process. Don't store ladders and tools outside and if you do, make sure they are locked up. These tools can be used to gain access to a home.

9. Install a peep hole on your door. Home invasion robberies are on the increase, so a peep hole with a 180-degree view is even better. (Some thieves ring and hide so when you open the door, they can push their way into the house.)

10. On windows, you can attach a screw to the guide rail that prevents the window from opening too wide but allows circulation in the home when the swamp cooler is on. (Find these at home improvement stores like Home Depot.)

11. If you have a glass sliding door, you can attach two screws in the frame so the door can't be lifted off its tracks. (Sink says a broom handle alone doesn't keep the door on its tracks.)

12. Doggie doors aren't a good idea. Smaller thieves can climb through them.

13. Invest in a paper shredder and use it. Identity theft is another danger to law-abiding citizens.

14.  Do not contact the post office or paper about going out of town. Instead have these items picked up by friend or relative while you are gone. Too many times the suspects turn out to work for the paper delivery service or even the post office!

15.  Do not leave garage door openers in parked cars outside the garage. Thieves break in, take the garage opener and enter your home through the garage.
--Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal and APD's Bill Jackson for these tips


Going Out of Town? 
     You can call 242-COPS and request extra patrols around your home while you're away. Police will do frequent drive-throughs during the time you specify.
     You can call 242-COPS and request extra patrols around your home while you're away. Police will do frequent drive-throughs during the time you specify.

Let's be good neighbors and keep an eye out for each other.  If you have more info you would like to share, please send me an email at kencox62@comcast.net or give me a call at 792-0448.
--Ken Cox

Graffiti:         Let us be vigilant. Graffiti continues to be an issue in our arroyo/trail areas. Please be aware of loitering in the arroyo or our neighborhood streets. You can report graffiti for cleanup by calling 311, the city's citizen contact center. Or call 242-COPS if you see suspicious activity or 911 if you see a crime being committed.
Public Safety
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