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Police step up patrols after latest robbery

Original post made on Oct 8, 2008

Palo Alto police have increased foot and car patrols this week after the latest street robbery Sunday night, when a woman walking home alone was knocked down and robbed on Loma Verde Avenue near Alma Street.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 9:44 AM

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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

Wondering if the residential PA burglaries maybe committed by same person/s committing those here in MP?

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Posted by New to PA
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

I wonder why Crime Prevention and Public Safety aren't on the City Council's priority list this year? Or last year, for that matter? I guess they can really make a dent in Global Climate Change but not in the day-to-day life of the city?

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Posted by dittofoot
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2008 at 11:37 am

Are the robbery victims predominantly small of stature or otherwise seemingly easier targets?

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Posted by concerned
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 8, 2008 at 11:44 am

It would be great if the Palo Alto police could distribute information in our neighborhoods about 'neighborhood watch' programs so we could learn the best ways to protect ourselves.

The police have historically been afraid to shake things up with known drug dealers in our neighborhood because they'd be accused of racial profiling. If the police have their hands tied, maybe they could at least help us to help ourselves...

How about it Dan Ryan??

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Posted by c you around
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm don't have a chance if some desperado is out on the prowl. Just try not to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Carrying a gun isn't going to do it either, many of us are in capable of using one and it may get taken away from you and used ON you! Keep your eyes open, that way you can not get hit from behind, which seems to be the mode of operation by these chickens who are prying on us all at their will.........
The police do not have their hands tied. If they want you, they WILL get you. Al Capone would have told you that one. It's just a matter of time until the criminal strikes the wrong person. So where are the little old lady decoys that the police should be using? Maybe that is one way to catch these creeps................

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Posted by woww
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Oct 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

why arent you worried about pharmaceutical drug dealers named lilly ,pfizer etc.? those drugs zombiefie people ,cause school shootings lawsuits over vioxx etc. they still cite for cannabis,waste tax dollars,cannabis wont make you pas out while driving ,or vomit.weed keeps you fully conscious of everything,you wouldnt use more than you would want.there is no hangover,its akin to peppermint leaves,only it is a colorful light filter that reflects nature back to you.they are stiil citing for cannabis. your president has deployed troops in usa to quell crowd control.why arent you concerned with that? take responsibility for your crugal,dont have children,we are in drought enviro damage.street crimes are a reflection of our non evolutionary society.we want to hold on to a static image of life existence.its a very small part of what it is to be alive and aware...

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Posted by idiot detector
a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2008 at 3:51 pm

hey there WOWW-- let's keep to the discussion at hand. I'm no fan of PHARMA, but pharma isn't bringing a bad element into my neighborhood. I don't want illegal drug dealers bringing gang members and illegal activity into my neighborhood. That's what's at issue here, muggers and gang members follow that kind of action. Doesn't have anything to do with pfizer.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Why haven't the PA police used the Community Alert Notifications System "CANS" that sends emails and phone messages to people as it's happening? I learned about it from newspapers. As a business owner, I also learned second-hand, that counterfiet money is being passed off all over the Bay Area, including Palo Alto, and it's not only $100 bills, it's smaller bills too. In and Out Burger (MV) had to install a scanner, & checks $20 bills, because it lost thousands of dollars in small bills. It seems like CANS could be used to spread the word about criminal acts of kinds like this, to even help over-worked and under-staffed police find criminals. Businesses could be notified of business-type crime. Recent robberies have been happening at only 9:30-10:30PM -- being made aware of it, could bring in a tip from the public, helping the PAPD.

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Posted by m2
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

calling someone an idiot ,negates your logic.if you want police community relations,put up a table downtown so we can see who's calling someone an idiot.youre not brave enough.thats why.come downtown and introduce yourself to the public.get off your keyboard and make something of youre existence cause you surely dont have a life...

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Posted by really
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm

all you fascists hould come out in public to prove hide in your home,mabe cops should be watching you

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Posted by really
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm

all you fascists hould come out in public to prove hide in your home,mabe cops should be watching you

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Posted by .
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

any judge or cop who lies ,is a thug

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Posted by Midtown Guy
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

See my posting of a few days ago about a "Residential Break In" in my Midtown home. Today (Thursday) the Palo Alto News (the other freebie) reports in its Police Blotter that another residential break-in occurred yesterday in the 2700 block of Kipling. That makes three in one week within a two block area of Midtown near Hoover Park (including mine). Why aren't police alerting neighbors via the telephone alert system?

What are detectives doing to catch these thieves? (No fingerprints taken at my house!) Why doesn't the Weekly also have a police blotter feature? I can't understand the laissez-faire attitude.

My earlier post asked: when a laptop is stolen, doesn't it carry a unique electronic signature which, when used in the future by
the thief's recipient, would allow a tracing of this laptop?

If the police detectives could use that unique address on my computer
to trace it (the next time it's used on the web) they would find, if not the thief, at least the user who acquired it from the thief.

Am I wrong in this? If Google and AOL keep a record of every search you do on your unique computer, if Homeland Security can trace anonymous web users, why can't law enforcement initiate a web search for usage of stolen computers? Likely these stolen computers go into an underground system run by big boys whose operations are ripping us all off.

I probably have copies of my internet protocol from when I set up my wireless in the home. The problem is the police are not helping us use such resources.

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Posted by GMH
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I agree with Midtown guy. Does anyone have any real good advise on how we can get the PAPD to step up the patrols in our neighborhoods? How to we get them to shift their priorities? Anyone want to chime in with a way to get them to listen and act?

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Midtown Guy, regarding laptop tracking-- I've heard about such a system, but I think it's something you have to buy and set up; it's not a automatic feature. Check .

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Posted by einstein
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

the police cannot be everywhere at one time. the end.

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Posted by What can we do?
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm

My house was burglarized 4 months ago. At least three houses within a few blocks were also burglarized within a 5 day period. Though clear finger prints were taken from my windows broken by the burglar, the police hadn't run the finger prints through the computer when I called one month after the incident. That's when I gave up any hope that any of my stolen items could be recovered.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm

What can we do - the police do not run the fingerprints. They are sent to the Santa Clara County Crime Lab in San Jose and they run prints based on the severity of the crime. So, a burglary gets low precedence over a murder (obviously). Don't blame the local police. Write to the County for the delay and backups.

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Posted by Reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Why are these burglaries not reported by the Weekly. We hear of muggings, but not home breakins. Are these happening during the day? Are the homes empty?

Surely these breakins are as much news as the muggings?

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Posted by reader
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

How many of you palo altans get out and take walks at night? You ought to because it is so beautiful at night. Thank you to all the people who light up their trees with groundlights. That is georgeous. You know there is absolutely nothing out there. Racoons and skunks is all that you will see. While walking the streets at night for the past ten years I have only seen palo alto police about four times. I'm not kidding. For as many rich well to do people living in this town you ought to be appalled. But you don't know because no one goes out at night.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I am stunned that we cannot get the police blog for the 14th of January.

You need to get rid of the old stuff. Please tell us where the police blog is for the 14 of Jan. This is for 2010.

We need to get the papers for BURGLARIES on the 14th in the City of Palo Alto.

Thank You

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