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Home Break-In Thoughts

Original post made by Midtown Guy, Midtown, on Oct 8, 2008

After my Palo Alto home was broken into this week, ransacked, and several items including a laptop stolen, I am seeking comments from others on the following:

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Midtown guy - I can't help with your questions, but I also live in Midtown and was wondering if you could say approximately the location of your house and when the robbery occured. I have heard a lot about the muggings, but I didn't realize break-ins were also going on.


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I have a suggestion:
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That or something similar. About a year ago I saw a 4-camera B&W survellience system, complete, at Fry's, for about $250. Put this on your home, and make sure it also sees your neighbors homes. Encourage them to install similar systems and offer to help. See if you can get them to cover your house from theirs.

There will be no convictions from anything collected by these cameras, the pictures will not be good enough for positive ID. However, an awful lot can be gleaned from a recording of the event:
1) The exact time of the burglary.
2) Possible casing of your house first
3) How many people were there? How big? How dressed? Possible ethnicity info. Did they walk, drive, ride a bike?
4) Which way did they come from, which way did they go? How did they transport the stuff?
5) Neighborhood kids and common people in your neighborhood might be identified.

I am sure the police could get LOTS of information from a video of your house, or your neighbors house, being robbed. Cover the sidewalks outside your home and you could pick up vehicle thefts and burglaries, muggings, vandalism, whatever bad happens outside your home. If more people had these systems, criminals might find fewer dark corners to hide in.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm

how did they break into your home, do you know?

I've become increasingly concerned about break-ins, especially since I work from home alone, and also because a couple months back we had car burglaries on our street.

thank you

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Call 329-2413 and ask for Agent Dan Ryan, ext. 3195, or Capt. Bob Beacom, ext. 2555, and ask your questions. Or go to the police station and ask for the detective who handles robberies. He/she may be on call so best to call ahead of time at 329-2413 and set up an appointment.

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Posted by madaboutit
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 12, 2008 at 9:01 am

Dear Midtown,

We were burglarized in the exact same fashion last week....drawers were rifled through and flipped over....trinket boxes emptied and some stuff taken......refrigerator door was left ajar. I am afraid we will always have questions that won't be answered.

Good luck and sleep with a bat.

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Posted by How Are They Getting In?
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:30 am

It would be helpful to know how the burglars are getting in, so we can take extra precautions.

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