Dear Real Bay Area citizens,
Yes things are going well: the median house price in San Francisco is $1M; the median list price in Mountain View is $998,000 and $639 per square foot.
But not all things are well in our lands…
Residential burglaries up this year
Number of home break-ins higher than in past five years, police say
by Nick Veronin
Mountain View Voice Staff
Local residential burglaries are up, according to officials with the Mountain View Police Department.
MVPD spokesman Sgt. Dan Vicencio said 50 houses and apartments were broken into between January and April. There were only 31 residential burglaries over the same four-month period last year.
"That’s a 61-percent increase," Vicencio said, adding that the increase in break-ins is "significant." Over the past five years, on average, there have only been 35 burglaries between January and April.
The department only had official numbers through April of this year. But looking at data from CrimeReports.com, which tracks police activity in cities all over the country, it appears that the trend will continue through May.
According to the crime-tracking website, from January to April there were approximately 14 home break-ins reported per month. This month, as of May 24, the website shows there have been 21 reported burglaries and attempted burglaries of local houses and apartments.
Vicencio said there is no clear reason for the increase in home burglaries. However, he said, whenever there is an increase in home break-ins, the department’s detectives pay attention. "When we have a jump this significant, we take a look at it."
In fact, thanks to the intrepid reporters at the paper of our land, we know about the many latest incursions into our castles:
- Man charged in string of 8 Los Altos robberies
- Police release sketch of burglary suspect
- Burglary spree at The Americana Apartments complex
Personally, I’m shocked. Don’t higher housing prices translate to higher commissions for realtors which translates to more salon visits, headshots, SUV sales, and more of all things that stimulate the economy? Shouldn’t higher housing prices defeat and end crime?
Until that day, be careful people. Be careful! Guard your castles! Keep driving those housing prices up so that we can help improve the economy and reduce burglaries!