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Four residential burglaries in three days

Original post made on Jun 14, 2013

Residential burglaries continue to be a problem in Mountain View, with four burglaries and one attempted break-in over a three-day period, according to police reports.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:43 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by aaaaas, a resident of Castro City
on Jun 14, 2013 at 5:54 am

There's gotta be a Craigslist element to all this tech stuff.

Everyone lock your doors. These meth addicts are getting extra bold.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

Meanwhile, our esteemed City Council is gibbering about cats. What a joke this town is.


Posted by Mr Advice, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

I totally concur with the Jibber, Jabbering theory.....


Posted by MVResident67, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

This website is great for tracking all manner of reported crimes, by date, time of day & type of crime, all pinpointed on a map. Just type in your zip code, and you can zoom in or or drill down from there.

Web Link


Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

Council had voted on the cats issue and was done with it.

It only resurfaced when the angry mob showed up at city hall with torches and pitchforks defending the right to not pay for animal control services.


Posted by True, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

Forced entry burglaries on the rise, armed robberies on the rise, assaults on the rise, proposed layoffs with Mountain View PD and Santa Clara County Sheriff's department....

Yet our "esteemed" representatives in Sacramento and our local Police and Sheriffs are actively seeking ways to make it tougher for law abiding citizens to protect themselves. A course of action that is sure to embolden criminals and further risk the lives and property of you and your neighbors.

There is an adage that states "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." A bit oversimplified, but true none the less. The national average 9-1-1 response time is around 11 minutes. A lot of bad things can happen in that period of time. People need to understand that the police do not exist to prevent crime or protect citizens. They exist to take reports, to gather evidence and to investigate crimes AFTER they occur.

You bear the sole responsibility for protecting your life, that of your family and for protecting your property. The ability for you to do so is actively being curtailed by our elected officials. This has to be stopped.

In the mean-time, WE as a community need to do a better job of looking out for one another. We need to be seen outside of our homes. We need to be more observant of people in our neighborhoods who do not belong. We need to more critically question the legitimacy of door-to-door solicitors and flyer distributors.


Posted by MV Accident, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I was involved in a car accident that is only 1.41 miles (4 minutes) from the MVPD station, yet it took 14 minutes for the police to show up after being called. Yikes!


Posted by Sanctuary city, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Is this what happens when the city goes against Federal laws and pushes a sanctuary city down on us?

So I guess if the City doesn't abide by the Federal laws, no one needs too.


Posted by SP Phil, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Re MV Accident: Was anyone injured in that accident? Was property damage over $700? Was the accident blocking traffic?

If the answers to those questions are all NO, then there is no need for the police to show up at all. And there is no need for your situation to take precedence over other police calls that you may be unaware of at that time.

Yes, I know it's nice to know the police will show up whenever we call them, but that's no longer their job. (I speak from experience of having to go to a police department HQ--neighboring city--to write down a report of a theft that in the past would have brought the police to my dor.)


Posted by SP Phil, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

True, when you mention "The ability for you to [protect yourself] is actively being curtailed by our elected officials," I presume you are in fact referring to the all-too-loose (non)regulation of guns? That's what worries ME.

Keep in mind that a gun is useless in a forced-entry burglary--the cases described here occurred when the owners were NOT home.

What CAN happen in a forced-entry burglary is that the owners' guns are stolen--that happened to my neighbor.


Posted by MV Accident, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

@SP Phil, the answer to all three of your questions is Yes. So clearly response time could be better.


Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

In Colorado Springs, the SECOND attempted burglary usually ends with a call to the coroners office to pick up the trash and a police report indicating the victim had a long rap sheet and his crimes finally caught up to him..

Just north of C.S., an IMFAMOUS SCOTUS ruling said that police DO NOT HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT ANYONE, EVEN A PERSON WITH A COURT ORDER DEMANDING PROTECTION FROM A JUDGE! Look up Castle Rock vs Gonzales for the sickening details..

Just remember: the average response time to a 911 call is 11 minutes. The average response time of a bullet is 1200 Feet Per Second....And you usually prefer to be judged by 12 than carried by 6....


Posted by Fact Checker, a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 15, 2013 at 5:46 am

Really punisher? Do you have any stats to back up this statement?
"In Colorado Springs, the SECOND attempted burglary usually ends with a call to the coroners office"

I have a feeling this more of the old: "Well in Colorado everyone thinks the way I do" statement.


Posted by Fact Checker, a resident of The Crossings
on Jun 15, 2013 at 5:52 am

WOW! Property crimes in CO Springs up 25% in first qtr of 2013.
Web Link

I didn't read of any shootings of intruders.
Punisher, something is wrong, nobody is getting coronor'd away!?!


Posted by Mountain View 1980, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Is anything being done by the city council on this growing problem of burglaries instead of talking about rabies vaccination for indoor cats?


Posted by timo, a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hey editor for the Voice, stop advertising the "police have no suspects " part. As a reader it sounds like its relatively safe to break in to a home and not be seen. And people of Mountain View LOCK UP BEFORE YOU LEAVE.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

I've set up a couple of really cute nonlethal booby traps in my apartment.


Posted by True, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

When I posted my comment I was relatively certain that it would be met with at least one ignorant response.....and like clockwork there's Phil.


Posted by I don't carry a gun, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

But i do have strategically placed baseball bats just in case of an intruder. I call them the nut crackers.


Posted by MVResident67, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

Two additional burglaries reported on June 16th...one on Covington and one on Foxborough. That makes TEN residential burglaries reported since June 4th, less than a two week time span.


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