Residential burglaries up this year
Original post made on May 25, 2013
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on May 25, 2013 at 9:43 am
I hope the MV police are working with police in neighboring cities to fight back. I understand Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City and Los Altos are also experiencing higher residential break-ins. Rumor among friends (some of who have been broken into) is there is a group of young men aged 20-30 years old who break into homes in these cities, steal small electronics and jewelry (anything they can get away with quickly) sell everything and do it again the next day. Some are arrested, but with the budget cuts and the new "early release" programs they are now released only 3-6 months after arrest, so it's pretty easy to get back in the game.
I've also heard they often pose as solicitors, checking out neighborhoods and watching people coming and going. If they knock on the door and no one is home, one will try to enter from the back while the others look out. An open window just makes their job easier.
The only way to really fight back is to know your neighbors and report anything suspicious you see in your neighborhood to police. (strangers hanging around, spending unusual amounts of time parked on the street watching people, etc). Also, I've been told by a friend (so I guess someone should verify) that it is illegal to solicit door to door in Mountain View without a special permit, most people at your door do not have that permit so they are breaking the law, it's ok to call police for an un-permitted solicitor. The police can only do so much, so if we want this to stop we need to work together and look our for our neighbors.
on May 25, 2013 at 10:41 am
Every one needs to get a dog, burglars pass by dog address's.
on May 25, 2013 at 11:55 am
I've called the MVPD on obviously bogus door-to-door solicitors on several occasions. Not once have they responded. Not once.
You are on your own. Deal with it.