Burglary victim speaks out about break-in Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Palo Alto burglars apparently adhered to the old postal adage about neither rain nor sleet nor snow keeping them away during a morning burglary -- and neither did locked windows and gates. The victim is speaking out to let people know they must remain vigilant if the crooks are to be caught.
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Posted by resident , a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:33 am
This kind of activity is only going to get worse. It is a direct result of the poor economy, and you can bet 2013 will be a financial disaster for our country. Palo Alto is prosperous so we are a magnet for those who feel entitled to take whatever they want, either through break-ins or taxes.
Posted by Allen Edwards, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:45 am
My house was burgled once and it was in the rain. I think rain may actually help burglars as it keeps witnesses away. One of the problems here is living on the creak. I once had a boss who lived on the creak and his house was broken into at least once a year. He put an alarm up on all the interior doors and that stopped it.
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:00 am
Perhaps you shouldn't blame the victims and the cops. Blame the ignorant narcissistic thugs who feel entitled to appropriate the property of others, and blame yourselves next time you think that burglary is a crime of materialism and should not be subject to strict punishment. It's not the lost crap that matters as much as the intense feeling of violation and a sense of security you never get back.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:46 am
There is no possible excuse for this crime of burglary.
My question: does these homeowners feel they were targeted (had been cased before or were known to have certain items like jewelry or whatnot) or was this strictly a crime of opportunity? It appears the criminals spent quite a bit of time - were persistent - getting into and robbing this particular home.
Are we all "equal" as targets(homeowners or apartment renters)or are there major differences in where these bad guys break in? - Like for example, where I live, there are some cars around that make it appear there are more people there than may be the case sometime. On University Ave, I assume personal cars are not visible but there IS traffic going by...though there are some very large, private lots. Any insights to help us gauge our risk, anyone?
Thanks to the homeowners for sharing what happened - sorry for your loss.
Posted by McGruff, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm
"Community" is so very important to successfully fight against crime. That's why PA is having a tough time. Too many solo acts not wanting to associate much with their neighbors...everyone in it for themselves. Good luck.
Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm
@resident of crescent park - if you think it is because of the economy, why didn't crime spike 3 years ago when the economy was much worse, unemployment higher, etc.. Crime is spiking because the police force has been cut (not just here, but all around the bay). I'm sure the weakening of the three strikes law isn;t going to help either.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Given the weather and such a high gate and having to break and climb through a high window it is fortunate that the crook didn't hurt himself. This could have devolved into an expensive lawsuit. We are confronted with an asymmetric situation, where one side has everything to lose and the other side risks very little.
Posted by Merida, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm
We have had neighbors burglarized, some of them twice. Most recently, a neighbor across the street and one next door were burglarized the same week.
We have always had at least one big dog, and in 20 years have never had a break-in. We even had a golden retriever, who rarely barked and was almost a welcome mat, alerted us to the fact that something was wrong next door on several occasions. Turned out the mother and father were physically abusing their small daughter! That dog would lay down, stare toward the fence between the two houses, and growl in a deep voice. We and the neighbors on the other side called the authorities a couple of times, and soon these people had a for sale sign on their house and announced that they were moving back to Japan. Probably not because of the dog, but dogs do have an innate sense of knowing when all is not well. Cheap insurance that loves you back.
Posted by Jane, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Nearby construction is the perfect recipe for having your home burglarized. The construction workers get to know the schedules of the nearby neighbors. It's not always contruction workers, but they certainly get to know the neighbors cars, schedules, habits, etc. And when you call the PA Police Department if you see suspicious looking people in the neighborhood, you get a lecture on "civil rights."
Posted by Victim, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:01 am
I'm the burglary victim, and no, we don't think we were specifically targeted (there is no reason why we would be). Also there was no nearby construction. We believe we simply weren't at home when the burglars knocked on our door. It is also obvious from our backyard that we have a large dog who happened to be out for a walk at the time. The police responded almost immediately, did an incredibly careful review of the scene, and are VERY serious about these crimes - we were both thankful and impressed with their skill.