October 7, 2012

Palo Alto plagued by home burglaries

Thanks to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for bringing this to our attention.  Seems all isn’t as perfect as proclaimed in Palo Alto.

Residents fight burglaries with lights, cameras, action

Neighbors devising crime-fighting strategies

by Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly Staff, Friday, October 5, 2012, 8:59 AM

121007-burglaries-incidentsMany Palo Alto neighborhoods are organizing in ways they have not since the rise of Neighborhood Watch programs in the 1980s, following a string of home burglaries that have plagued the city.

From surveillance cameras to neighborhood-warning signs, residents are strategizing to deter and perhaps even catch the thieves, who have made off with tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry, cash and electronics since late last year.

Email lists from Crescent Park to Barron Park are crackling with the latest news about suspicious vehicles cruising residential streets. Last week, concerned north Palo Alto residents discussed a white van seen on their streets and gave information about it, complete with license number, to the Palo Alto police.

Neighbors’ increasing vigilance might help nab thieves like the ones who on Sept. 24 pilfered UPS parcels from a Crescent Park front porch within 30 seconds of the delivery. The resident, who asked that her name and home information not be made public, has shared images from her surveillance video with her neighbors and with police, she said.

121007-burglaries-94301What’s this? Crime rate up in Palo Alto, the most perfectest amazingest, wonderfulest Specialiest place in the universe? Nooooooooooo!

But we here at Burbed are confident that this approach of crowd-sourcing suspicious incidents will lead to these lowlife scum getting caught… until, as is often the case with crime in a wealthy neighborhood, the victims discover that the perpetrators were the teenaged children of their own neighbors.  We already know what those spoiled brats have been up to, hurling milkshakes at innocent pedestrians.

And don’t get too smug looking at that incident map on the top right. While that was what spotcrime.com generated for “Palo Alto, CA,” entering specific zip codes yields more crime events away from the Middlefield and Embarcadero area.   This incident map for 94301 shows more burglary and theft further northwest, and in only half the time period covered.

And dang it, that time period reported just missed the hurled milkshake.  But good news. There has been at least one arrest for car burglary.


Comments (14) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

14 Responses to “Palo Alto plagued by home burglaries”

  1. madhaus Says:

    Okay, it’s up. Sorry ’bout dat.

  2. sdj Says:

    Wowzer yeah some lady at work got cleaned out recently so much for the so called high fallooting RBA!

  3. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Good news: burglaries are ‘average’ in Palo Alto once again!

  4. Facebook Investor Says:

    Burglary problem is small problem for Polo Altoan. They have more challenging task to handle – alien invasion.

  5. sprezzatura Says:

    local junkies looking for fast cash?

  6. SEA Says:

    Could someone please highlight the RBA on that first map?

  7. Facebook Investor Says:

    local junkies looking for fast cash?

    No, it’s part of the well-rounded education and development of “leadership skills”.

  8. Banker East Says:

    Sounds like Palo Alto is not a desirable place to live. Glad that I stayed back in Manhattan.

  9. SEA Says:

    And I have a custom Banker East Welcome to California banner ready.

  10. very amused Says:

    Don’t throw it away yet. Someday SV Shopper won’t get outbid.

  11. Alex Says:

    Banker East, stay back in that cesspool. We have enough thieves out here already.

    In Soviet Amerika, the banksters rob you! LOL

  12. Banker East Says:

    You people are mistaken. I’m not a banker by profession. Banker is my name, as in “Coldwell Banker”.

  13. Alex Says:

    So instead of a bankster, you’re a realtard. Great. A different kind of thief.

  14. SEA Says:

    Remember when this “Coldwell Banker” was looking for a $2M home? Yes, that’s right, within two months, 18 months ago.

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