Car burglaries spike in September, police say

Police report 61 auto burglaries in September, 260 this year -- highest numbers in years

Palo Alto police are warning residents about a rise in car burglaries throughout the city over the past month.

A total of 61 auto burglaries were reported in Palo Alto in September, surpassing the number of car burglaries seen in a single month since 2008, police stated.

So far this year the city has seen 260 car burglaries -- more than the annual totals in each of the past four years, according to police.

Police are increasing patrols and investigations into the burglaries and urging the public to keep their valuables with them or out of sight in their parked cars.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the auto burglaries, but no suspects were arrested in September, police said.

Police say there is no identifiable pattern to the burglaries, but that 16 car burglaries were reported on two separate nights in September at the Oak Creek Apartments at 1600 Sand Hill Road and nine occurred at a city parking garage located at 445 Bryant St. on three separate nights.

The suspects typically smash a window or pry open a locked door using a punch tool, according to police.

The items stolen range from laptops and electronics to purses and luggage, police said.

An August report by the Weekly tracked the rise in the crimes over the summer, during which 70 vehicle break-ins took place. Police said they used probation and parole searches, emphasized inter-agency communication, plain-clothes officers and "high-visibility surveillance" to counteract them.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by simple math
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

This is no surprise: consider it from a thiefs view: in the old days 15 years ago, for their risk and efforts they might get 5-30 used CDs and some pocket change to total maybe $50-150, and if they knew how, pry out the bulky stereo for maybe another $50, and then they needed to sell the stuff pre-craigslist through fences or pawnshops, etc. Now, based on a recent news item on the Oak Creek thefts, in a quick bash and dash, they average well over $1000 PER CAR in easily craigslist-saleable electronics. How many jobs pay thousands per night of "work"? Just as leaving your meat-filled ice-chest in your car around Yosemite bears invites a break-in, so does leaving an electronic treasure. We cannot expect the police will never be able to stop this, just as we would not expect the rangers to stop the bears. Get smart people, lock your cars and take your items with you.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

@simple math: AMEN! I cannot fathom why anyone would leave a clearly visible laptop or tablet in their car.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Apt comparison, thieves and animals. Objectionable content?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by animal
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

animals arent thieves,its survival..

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,228 views

Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 33 comments | 2,227 views

College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,560 views

"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed
By Douglas Moran | 21 comments | 818 views

A quiet moment
By Sally Torbey | 8 comments | 630 views