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Communities jolted by recent robberies

Original post made on Oct 24, 2008

Sometimes, it's the fine details that scare. To be sure, Palo Alto has had a problem with street robberies in the past few months, but as police quickly point out, crime surges are far from rare even in affluent communities like this one.

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Posted by paul
a resident of another community
on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:58 am

"In one case, the stranger reportedly identified himself as a contractor, in another case the "character" claimed to be canvassing for the Democratic Party."

What was the truth about these people? Were they what they claimed or not. Without knowing that, it's hard to judge if "reporting 'suspicious' characters" works or not.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm

This is my recent experience. I had a guy come by TWICE, once in daytime (I could see it was a stranger so I ignored the ringing) and then he came by once after dark that same day, ringing my doorbell and when I asked through the door who was there (I don't have a peephole so can't tell at night who is there), he said he was with the Democratic Party. I then said I have a "no solicitors sign" (which he had obviously ignored) and he went away. My only advice is 1)ask first who is there 2)don't open the door to anyone you don't know. You are under no obligation to open your door to solicitors of any variety, and there is no way to know if such a person is who he claims to be. 3) no solicitors sign have mixed results BUT if someone persists and ignores it you could call police. I had to do this in another city where there was a criminal harrassing people door to door.

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Posted by Palo Alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

A few years ago, I called the police and reported my concern for a tattered homeless person lying on a sidewalk. As I spotted this while driving home, I completed the one block drive to my home and called the non-emergency police number. I was severely criticized for leaving the scene. The police employee spoke sharply and blamed me. Also it took over 20 minutes before a police car drove by the scene.
Since that time, I have spoken with numerous residents who have had similar unpleasant dealings with Palo Alto Police. They need to react calmly and respectfully to information from the community.

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

" another case the "character" claimed to be canvassing for the Democratic Party." Maybe this is part of Obama's clever plan to redistribute the wealth?

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