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Electronic tracking leads to arrest at Palo Alto CVS

Original post made on May 28, 2014

Palo Alto police credit electronic tracking systems for leading to the arrest of an alleged car thief at Town & Country Village Monday. A suspect was apprehended inside CVS after a car he allegedly stole in San Jose was tracked to the Town & Country parking lot.

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Comments (10)

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

It's a real shame that more vehicle thefts can not be solved this quickly. Maybe one of these days vehicles will come with kill-switches that can be actived by the owner, so that the vehicles will be harder for theives to take advantage of.

Making it a crime to leave a key in a car might also help to reduce the number of vehicle thefts. The owner of this vehicle should be charged for all police time and materials.


Posted by Frustrating Comments, a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

"The owner of this vehicle should be charged for all Police time and materials" ??!? Seriously?

How about we charge the one responsible, the thief! It is a real shame that California and many of it's fellow citizens give so many rights to criminals. There should be stiffer penalties for these crimes and we should not create "Key in Car Laws" for the rest of society.


Posted by Valet, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

Who leaves keys in car? Valet. But thanks for showing why your online rush to judgements are so fulfilling.


Posted by Geezette, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

How times change, guys ! When I was growing up in Kansas 65 years ago, everyone in the neighborhood kept the car keys in their ignition all the time -- that way, they'd always know where they were ! And the only time you locked your house was if you were going to be away for more than a day or two. Halcyon times…..


Posted by Raymond, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Dear geezette, times didn't change over night and this ain't Kansas.


Posted by Robert Johnson, a resident of Downtown North
on May 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Joe of "Another Palo Alto Neighborhood" said:

>> "Maybe one of these days vehicles will come with kill-switches that can be activated by the owner, so that the vehicles will be harder for thieves to take advantage of."

In its recent offerings, Hyundai offers a system called "Stolen Vehicle Recovery" as part of their BlueLink package. Stolen Vehicle Recovery lets police disable a vehicle remotely, then locate it using its on-board GPS. We have it on our 2013 Sonata Hybrid.

Another nice feature is that the police can initiate a remote engine-power-reduction sequence if the thief is fleeing in the car. It brings the vehicle to a stop slowly, after displaying a warning on the instrument panel that engine power is being suspended. This would prevent high-speed chases with their attendant hazards to the police and other drivers.


Posted by Craig Laughton, a resident of College Terrace
on May 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

>Stolen Vehicle Recovery lets police disable a vehicle remotely, then locate it using its on-board GPS. We have it on our 2013 Sonata Hybrid.

Robert,

Sounds like a good idea to me. Appropriate technology to solve common crime. Why not?


Posted by technology alone not enough, a resident of Barron Park
on May 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Three years ago, my iPad and a small camera were stolen from downtown Palo Alto on a Sunday morning. I had enabled Find My iPhone, and I could see the phone traveling on the train up to SF and then finally stop moving at a flea market in Oakland.

I called the Palo Alto police, who took a report (which was what my insurance company needed), but they declined to call the Oakland police because in their opinion -- which I accept -- the Oakland police were too busy with serious crime ("shots fired" was the phrase I remember) to chase after a stolen electronics.

So the technology is a help, but you still need the police force available to deal with the information the technology delivers.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on May 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Hackers could have a field-day with that remote engine-power-reduction sequence.


Posted by old days, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:08 am

I also remember days of not having to roll up car windows and not locking doors. Geezette, those were Good Ol'Days. For those of you who weren't alive at these times, it was a lovely time!


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