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Palo Alto police see spike in auto burglaries

Original post made on Sep 20, 2011

A series of recent auto burglaries are being investigated by Palo Alto police, including at least three that were grand thefts involving cash and jewelry, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 9:52 AM

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

"Items taken included GPS units, laptop computers, iPods, DVD players, cash and jewelry, Agent Max Nielepko said." Are people REALLY this stupid, or are they claiming more things missing so they can collect more insurance? Who on earth keeps 'cash and jewelry' in their cars???????????? Ok, I took my diamond tiara out of the car yesterday, but still.....


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Posted by Barron Parker
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

As mentioned on several previous occasions, it would not be expensive to prevent these outbreaks of crime, whether they're auto burglaries, home burglaries, armed assaults, etc.

We should install video cameras throughout the city. They're now very cheap, and there are a lot of technically trained people available as community volunteers to help track and identify the criminals.

Just the fact that Palo Alto has massive surveillance would effectively deter criminals from coming in.


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Posted by Moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

If a car is unlocked, I don't think you "break into" it.

More likely, you open the door.


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Posted by mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

4 years living in downtown Boston taught me to never leave anything valuable in the car, and never lock the doors. Locked doors lead to broken windows.


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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Mutti - I'd never heard of leaving doors unlocked, but sounds like it's to prevent damage, while leaving car empty is to prevent theft. I don't know if I'll be leaving the doors of my car open all night, wouldn't want a Soup Kitchen scene in the morning:

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Posted by use common sense!
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:36 am

Sounds like someone is getting their x-mas shopping done extra early this year. Why do people believe that 5mm of glass is going to protect a $200 iPod or $800 laptop?

It's way too easy to break car windows. You'd be surprised that thieves use tiny porcelain spark plug holders to smash open car windows. You can get a pack of them really cheap at any Kragen or auto supply store. Watch what a tiny speck of porcelain can do to a large car window: Web Link


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Posted by John Mori
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 21, 2011 at 7:28 am

For all types of reasons, people people have felt safe enough in this town to leave their doors unlocked and valuables in the car and sometimes they just forget. It's important to know your neighborhood and be aware of strangers and how to secure your stuff.

Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) has a neighborhood watch / emergency preparedness program that can make our neighborhoods less attractive to these crooks. You may have a Block Preparedness Coordinator in your neighborhood that can help make awareness happen. If they do, they could use your help in getting the word out in your neighborhood. If you don't, I recommend you contact PAN to get your neighborhood organized. You don't want your neighborhood to be known as "Easy Pickins" by the bad guys.


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Posted by Maggie
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

To Moi: If you open a car door because it is unlocked that does not mean you did NOT break in! If your front door is unlocked and someone opens it and walks in then is that okay?? A private property is a private property. It amazes me to read such comment, please educate yourself and use common sense. What would be the purpose for a person to open an unlocked car door that does not belong to him/her unless that person is getting something out of a car for the owner.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Sad if you find more fault with the victim than you do the thief. We were hit a year back. I wont bore you with the details but this is clearly organized crime. The spending spree they went on included items used for drug production and burglary as well as identity theft. The police made NO effort to track down the people responsible though their trail was clearly defined. Dealing with insurance companies is not worth the amount lost let alone stealing from an insurance company to make matters worse. Watch out for thy neighbor, I am....


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Posted by Aaron
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Have the Palo Alto Firefighters patrol the neighorhoods at night instead of sleeping.


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