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Stolen purse from car in driveway

Original post made by whymeinoldpa, Old Palo Alto, on Aug 15, 2009

Has anybody else had this happen to them recently? The police do not seem to care or want to help....they referred me to an online form. I filled out this form and it still does not show up in the police log. Are they trying to hide this type of crime in our city?

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Posted by anybody
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

I really don't think the police are trying to hide crimes. On the contrary, I think they want us to be aware. They have done an excellent job of finding and arresting recent burglars after the burglars had been scared away. That is pretty good police work to find them 30 minutes or more later.

It's frustrating to have your purse stolen for sure. Maybe you could also contact your neighborhood group and see if neighbors are noticing a problem, or just to be on the alert for suspicious behavior.

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Posted by McGrude
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Check out There's many (if not most) of the PAPD incidents listed on the maps. It's very cool, if worrying, web site.

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Over and over again the police have stressed "do not leave any object visible in your car", and "lock your car - even in your own driveway".

Due to recent reductions in dept. personnel, investigations have to be prioritized. Thefts that are not immediately seen and without witnesses (the Oregon Ave. one noted by anybody above was aided by an alert neighbor) usually cannot receive immediate attention.

The police do care, but they have more investigations pending than they can quickly handle. As suggested, try to get your neighbors to be aware of the neighborhood and report any suspicious persons.

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Posted by Female
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Look, you know better than leaving a purse in a car. Do you think the police should spend their time going after serious crimes or after your case because you have taunted criminals by being so frivilous? I carry my darn heavy purse with me so I won't tempt criminals and won't be violated while other people leave their purse around to make it easy on themselves and then they are surprised that their purse gets stolen. What bothers me is that they are using police power unneccessarily for their carelessness taking away precious time away by using police power from people who are beaten, raped, and murdered.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm

It's a terrible thing to become a victim of a crime. I am sorry that you had to experience this. I've been a victim myself. But I have to say that you are responsible for your loss in this particular crime by tempting criminals.

Should the police make up for YOUR carelessness by spending a lot of time with you? The rest of the community is paying for your carlessness by having less police protection in more serious crimes. I hope you learned from this.

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