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Electronics, jewelry stolen from apartment

Police say locking deadbolt may have prevented crime

Electronics and jewelry were stolen from an apartment on the 1800 block of Ednamary Way, Tuesday, Dec. 14, police said.

Investigators think something like a plastic credit card may have been used to gain entry to the apartment, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The doorknob to the apartment was locked before everyone in the family left that morning, Wylie said. However, a burglar or burglars got inside the apartment sometime between 7:35 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. when one of the family members returned.

A laptop, digital camera, cell phone, two iPod Nanos, a suitcase and several pieces of jewelry were stolen in the burglary, said Wylie, who encouraged Mountain View residents to always lock their deadbolts, which cannot be unlocked with just a credit card.

"Deadbolts are extremely effective against this type of burglary," she said.

Comments

Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wylie's got this one right, as deadbolts are structured differently than the door strike of a simple door knob lock, preventing the credit card technique being used. If you don't have one, get one today...no, make that yesterday. And this is coming from a home and business security professional. Do it.


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