Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Apr 15, 2014
It's like living in Tech Hollywood now. Criminals are preying on the area thinking everyone living here is rich in Palo Alto. Rude awakening for you criminals. Pick the wrong house like mine with an old school guy like me living here in Palo Alto not some foreigner or tech geek, and you'll find out I'm legally protected.
Mr. McGruff; statistically speaking, you'll shoot someone you care about, or yourself, before you're able to foil a burglary.
Mark my words
...or they'll steal the gun when you're not home. I'm glad you bought what you needed to buy to feel safe though. I feel safe without one..safer as a matter of fact.
Statistically speaking, gun owners are much much more likely to shoot themselves than anyone else.
Quick suggestion for burglars potentially thinking about Palo Alto. The folks in Atherton actually have much more money and larger places with more goods. Located just up the road. Don't waste your time here.
Actually, "old school guy" will not exclude foreigner or tech geek.
I've lived in both South and now North Palo Alto and I can tell you that there are plenty of people living mortgage-to-mortgage here with no excess money for other things or activities. The burglars are hitting the wrong houses. Are the schools really worth the high mortgage if there is no leftover money? I don't think so.
What a waste of resources.
The good news is they caught one of the three criminals. Two are on the loose which they will definitely catch next. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in crime in Palo Alto. I think it's great that we all protect our families and homes we paid with our hard earned money. The gun owner statistic was done by Arthur Kellerman and the majority of cases were suicides. It doesn't appear that Mr McGruff is thinking of doing anything other than protecting his home from intruders. PAPD will step up patrols and more importantly neighbors will make sure to watch out for suspicious activity.
Regardless of statistics, if you own a gun you may become the next Oscar Pistorius.
Even someone who considers himself a responsible gun owner can make a mistake. Do you want to make a mistake like Oscar?
Oscar should be a lesson for everyone with a gun in their home. Do you want that responsibility?
After seeing police all over our neighborhood and hearing the helicopter flying over our house, we asked the officer at the corner what was going on and his response was "just go home". When another neighbor stopped in their car to ask if they should be concerned the officer told them to "keep moving". So it's more important to inform us of a pancake breakfast via the emergency system than it is to let us know there are burglary suspects hiding in our neighborhood. Nice. Great community relations.
Good to see all these opinions before the full details came out.
Much more out now in the PAPD press release. -- Web Link
No surprises. Expect the ensuing thread to get locked quickly. So many guns.
Why is this even an issue? If there is any possibility that perps can be seen from the police in the air--why wouldn't everyone want the cops to find, and catch, the bad guys (using the simplest language possible) using helicopters for added support?
The police helicopters seem to drop below the 1000 foot level, and do make a lot of noise, but that's the price we pay to catch these guys. Of course, the question does arise if the cops actually catch people this way--at least like they seem to on the TV cop shows? Anyone got any idea of the success rate for these law enforcement adventures?
Happy to see PAPD embracing the technology that other police departments can offer them. The infrared equipment on police helicopters can search areas more efficiently than ground units and is an added layer of protection when dealing with suspects who may have guns. Right on!
some people would prefer the minimum resources be used for tracking down people running around with loaded guns
Sparty - how do you know if one of the bad guys was running around with a loaded gun during this "manhunt"? Maybe I missed something in the article or other news reports?
The SJPD helicopter offered no assistance other than to make low passes over a secured area and did not provide assistance in further arrests in this incident. Money wasted under the guise of new technology. Too funny!
Could you please educate me as to what a police helicopter should be used for if not in part to search for burglars in a contained area?
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
We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.
Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?
- Barron Park
- Charleston Gardens
- Charleston Meadows
- College Terrace
- Community Center
- Crescent Park
- Downtown North
- Duveneck/St. Francis
- Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
- Esther Clark Park
- Evergreen Park
- Greater Miranda
- Green Acres
- Greendell/Walnut Grove
- Leland Manor/Garland Drive
- Meadow Park
- Monroe Park
- Old Palo Alto
- Palo Alto Hills
- Palo Alto Orchards
- Palo Verde
- South of Midtown
- St. Claire Gardens
- The Greenhouse
- Triple El
- University South
- Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
- Addison School
- Barron Park School
- Duveneck School
- Egan Middle School (Los Altos)
- El Carmelo School
- Escondido School
- Fairmeadow School
- Gunn High School
- Hoover School
- JLS Middle School
- Jordan Middle School
- Juana Briones School
- Nixon School
- Ohlone School
- Palo Alto High School
- Palo Verde School
- Santa Rita (Los Altos)
- Terman Middle School
- Walter Hays School
- another community
- Another Palo Alto neighborhood
- East Palo Alto
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Menlo Park
- Mountain View
- Portola Valley
Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
Local picks on 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand list
By Elena Kadvany | 8 comments | 3,685 views
Politics: Empty appeals to "innovation"
By Douglas Moran | 13 comments | 1,564 views
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,474 views
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,472 views
It's Dog-O-Ween this Saturday!
By Cathy Kirkman | 2 comments | 747 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Palo Alto
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Mountain View Voice
© 2014 Palo Alto Online
All rights reserved.