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Electronics, jewelry taken in four burglaries

Original post made on Jan 29, 2012

Electronics and jewelry were taken in four residential burglaries during daylight hours in Palo Alto Tuesday (Jan. 24), Wednesday (Jan. 25) and Thursday (Jan. 26).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10:50 PM

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Posted by nameless
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

On Friday morning a tall hooded man relentlessly rang my doorbell at 6:00am. I did not answer the door though he continued to ring. I wonder if he is tied to these crimes?


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Posted by Phil
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

One ploy that a burglar may use is checking to see if anyone is home before deciding to break into a house. Most burglars would obviously prefer avoiding any confrontation. I would not open the door to someone I did not know, especially at an odd hour. I would however indicate to them through the door or adjoining window that I was aware of their presence. This would send the person the message that someone is indeed home and using caution. I would also consider calling the police non-emergency number to report the suspicious activity, especially if the person behavior persisted.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I also had a tall hooded person ringing my door around 6:15am on Friday. I didn't answer the door either.


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Posted by Make My Day
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

Some solutions:

"Beware of Dog" signs.

"This home is under 24 hour surveillance" signs.

Leave at least one porch light on from dawn to dusk (I'm amazed that MOST homes I walk by are so dark that ANYONE could sneak around their side perimeter or hide in the bushes). Sorry to say this, but it's just plain DUMB not to leave a light on! Do it! Police safety stats show that there is less crime when lights are on.

Buy a quality pepper spray and **learn how to use it**.

Buy a few whistles and keep them handy.

Start up a Neighborhood Watch program.

Post "No Soliciting" signs on your door.






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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:26 am

Less crime when lights are on? Burglars need light to see what they are doing. All four of these burglaries happened in daylight hours. All the lights in the world wouldn't have prevented this. I've seen plenty of ghastly lighting around homes at night, where someone could be standing right behind the light and not be seen for the glare. The most sensible lighting, for those believing it's really a deterrent, would be lights triggered by motion detectors.


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Posted by william
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

"Police safety stats show that there is less crime when lights are on"
Sorry, but this is NOT true! Unless you can cite actual reports, please don't make things up. As "musical" says, only motion detection lighting really acts as a deterrent.


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Posted by Uh...
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

If you have tall hooded strangers persistently ringing your doorbell at odd hours, you might consider calling the police who I believe prefer to hear about such things when they have a shot at finding him....


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Posted by David
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

YES, and you call 911, not the non-emergency line.


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Posted by afraid
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

Be aware, if you call police, the thugs might take out their gun.


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Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

Two people have this loser ringing their bells at 6 am and no one called the police? If someone rang MY doorbell at 6 am they'd be calling for an ambulance!


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Posted by afraid
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

Be aware, the thugs' lawyer might sue.


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Posted by Southwood
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

Neighbors- be on the lookout. In the southwood burglary- a young man, in a dark hoody, rode his bike up a neighbors driveway. He was surprised by that neighbor arriving home right after him and asked if they would like to buy a newspaper. He was told to leave the property. The young man rode away, but circled back a few minutes later (which on security cameras caught) and went to the house next door-broke the window and opened the back door. He robbed them in about 20 minutes time.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

The last person ringing my doorbell at that hour needed me to phone 911 about a hit & run accident up the road.

Crime stats regarding lighting are a mixed bag. Sometimes extra lighting produces more crime just because it attracts more people. Nobody goes to an unlit ATM. Add floodlights and you get more customers and more hold-ups. Nobody walks down a dark alley. Add lighting and more potential victims take that route. We could try this: put a bicycle on the porch of each of two similar houses, one with porch light on all night and one with porch light off. Any bets which bike disappears first?


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I plotted these four burglaries on Google Maps and something occurred to me. How about putting surveillance cameras just on the 4 routes across 101: University Ave, Oregon Expressway, Oregon Expressway pedestrian bridge, and the pedestrian tunnel in South PA. When a crime happens, check the tapes for 1/2 before and after the incident. The perps seem to be using bikes, so that narrows it down a lot. I don't want to start an argument about profiling. Just look at the map and think about it.


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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Dan: Might want to add the San Antonio over crossing too as the tunnel is currently closed.


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Posted by James Larkin
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Ha Ha!! Security Cameras in Palo Alto.....:-) It took 3 years and about 30 meetings to get a few antenna for wireless coverage. How on earth do you think you'd manage to get cameras installed with the bunch of technophobe naysayers that we have here in Palo Alto? Unless of course you can transfer digital images across two bean cans and a piece of string......and they'd still argue about which types of beans.......


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Posted by charlie
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

To say the truth, these (young) burgerlers riding the bikes going around town (middlefield road...) in the morning hours are very easy to identify. They are waiting and scanning the neighborhood. But I could only find police inside the starbuck more than anywhere else


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Jan 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

1. Jewelry, Electronics
2. Jewelry, Electronics, Cash
3. Jewelry, Electronics
4. Jewelry, Electronics
Am I seeing a pattern here?


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Posted by cameras
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

You want security cameras? Put up your own. A few neighbors can band together to get some really good coverage. Don't expect the city to nanny you on everything.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Good deterrent is a dog dish.
Not necessarily a large dish.
Small dogs can be really loud when they are alerted!



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Posted by Carlito Waysman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:06 am

Obviously these crimes were perpetrated when nobody was at home; it may help to get yourself an burglar alarm on the cheap side without having to go with the alarm companies that hook you up with a long term contract. At least it may startle the robber once the loud bell and lights go off. You could set it up yourself or check Craigslist for a person who can do it for you. I got one alarm system at home installed that way, plus cameras, it calls my cell phone or land line anywhere I go if the alarm gets tripped.

The lapdog solution? that must be a joke.


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Posted by laura
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

How about a large German Shepherd??


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

"Be aware, if you call police, the thugs might take out their gun."

What? I am trying to see logic here, and I fail to see it.

If someone is repetedly ringing your doorbell at 6am, you stay inside, stay hidden, and quietly dial 911. Why would the guy even know you were home, let alone dialing 911? And if he DID know you were dialing 911, he would be more likely to flee than produce a gun and escalate the situation.

Were you the guy rining the doorbell and are now attempting to discourage people from calling the police?

People, dial 911, that's what it is there for. Get the police there before the thug decides your house is unoccupied and breaks a window.


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Posted by WOW
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

>> Posted by charlie, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

To say the truth, these (young) burgerlers riding the bikes going around town (middlefield road...) in the morning hours are very easy to identify. They are waiting and scanning the neighborhood. But I could only find police inside the starbuck more than anywhere else

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Everyone needs to put up a "No Soliciting" sign outside their door!


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