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Original post made by Fred, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Nov 8, 2008

Four auto break ins this past Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or early Saturday on Walter Hays Drive - and a car was stolen in the 1000 block of Greenwood (that's a street between Melville and Newell.) on Wednesday, the 5th. How can we stop this?

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Posted by Help!
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm

We need more visible patrol cars strolling around. Of course, no more running red lights for people! Curb crime and traffic violations at the same time.

Maybe PAPD is going to have to lower their qualification mandate of a four-year degree. I'm okay with that but other Palo Altans want it all: intelligence, politeness, etc. Just give me the stupid, arrogant cop who'll bash the criminals.

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Posted by It's a new world
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2008 at 7:29 am

Help: The PAPD does not require a 4 year college degree, they require some college courses. Promotion to Lieutenant requires a 4 year college degree or the commitment to finish the required courses.

"How can we stop this?" Maybe people will throw the junk out of their garages and put their cars away inside. Cars in my neighborhood are left unlocked on driveways then the homeowner wonders why their car is broken into. I don't park my car anywhere in PA without a boot on the steering wheel. Wake-up folks!!

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 9, 2008 at 10:16 am

The four cars on Walter Hays were not stolen. Contents were stolen, so a boot would not help.Professional auto thieves can swiftly remove some of those 'boots'. Owners of convertibles are smart to take everything out of the auto and keep it unlocked with a boot.
If it is locked, these creeps cut the convertible roof.

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Posted by an idea
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Put in cameras, 24 hour loop.

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Posted by What would you do if you were a cop?
a resident of Monroe Park
on Nov 10, 2008 at 11:04 am

What would you do if you were a Palo Alto cop? If you went to work today as a PAPD cop you would have to be thinking:

1) A lot of people think I am a racist.
2) If I stop a black person today they might tell me I’m racist and call in a complaint. The department might try to show everyone how “unracist” they are by making an example out of me and firing me. The economy is bad enough; I really can’t afford to get fired.
3) If I stop a black person today and they believe I am racially profiling them, they might try to resist my efforts because they think is illegal what I am doing to them. If I have to use a Taser or baton on them to subdue them, all of the media and local protest groups will be scrutinizing my every move. What if the department doesn’t back me and I get fired, get sued and loose my home?
4) My Chief has said some bizarre things in the past and doesn’t really back officers who get in to trouble. Do I really want to risk my job and potentially my freedom taking aggressive action for a community that sometimes berates me in the press, marches outside my police station telling me how racist I am, and thinks I am a racist?
5) How do they expect me to stop these robberies when that may involve stopping black and Hispanic people all the while if I do, the community may cry foul?
6) Maybe the safest thing to do is to respond to the calls when they occur and not try to aggressively stop things from occurring in the first place?

I hope I am way off and the cops we have are somehow able to come to work everyday, sift through all the BS that is throw at them, and put their nose to the grind stone and do some good police work. I have no idea what goes through the mind of officers when they arrive to work and I may be way off. What would you be thinking if you were a PA cop?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Aren't PA police videotaping anything beyond the standard ticket nowadays? Obviously this would provide backup documentation of events/cicrumstances and suspects, better yet is when they can get a 2nd police car out for real-life backup.

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