Home Break-In Thoughts
Original post made by Midtown Guy, Midtown, on Oct 8, 2008
1. Do Palo Alto police have detectives who follow up, tracing home break-ins, keeping an active file, and trying to link similar crimes so that eventually someone gets connected to the crime? The police did not want to take fingerprints ("too many old prints of yours," "bad surface"); a report is taken, and that's the end of it?
I wonder if anyone considers studying the details (daytime break-in--was someone watching to see when I left); (blank checks, laptop, and box of keepsakes taken, but two of my children's art trinkets from grade school with 'Love,xxxxxxNamexxxxx' left precisely on my bed);
a trap door to a crawl space discovered and opened; but camera in full view left untouched; refridgerator door left open, later
discovered two bottles of beer also taken; all drawers, doors, packages rifled through. Why steal a box of kids trinkets and a few college rings/Who's Who pin/ that with negligible monetary value but have so much sentimental value? Was it a kid in the neighborhood? A gardener in the neighborhood; was it done by the same person who robbed the house across the street last week? Do the authorities try to decipher clues? Is that just a TV story line?
The police spent a good amount fo time, making an effort to show concern. But untimately I felt this report would go into a file and be forgotten.
2. Doesn't a computer have a unique address, meaning that anytime someone logs on to the internet, that computer is identifiable?
If so, anyone who uses the computer could be traced, right?
I am worried about identity theft, about recovering all the files of correspondence (yes, some is backed up but not much) but also I would LOVE to see a detective use this address as a tracer and put this person behind bars before he does more damage.