A Mountain View couple returned home Sept. 14 to find their sliding door open and thousands of dollars worth of valuables stolen, police said. According to the police report, an iPad, MacBook Pro, Netgear hard drive, JVC camcorder, Sony digital camera, a men's Omega watch, $200 in coins and miscellaneous women's jewelry were taken from the home in the 700 block of Telford Avenue.
There was no sign of forced entryway, and the victims told responding officers they may have left their side door unlocked, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. The gate leading to the side and rear yard were not locked.
No neighbors saw or heard anything suspicious, and there were no witnesses, Wylie said. The victims, 39 and 34, were not sure if anything else was missing at the time the police report was taken.
"It is critical that people close and lock all windows and doors when they leave the house," Wylie said, adding that locking gates to the backyard is also a valuable practice.
"Many people don't like to lock their gates, because it is inconvenient to have to lock and unlock them all the time to take out the garbage or whatever else. But it is a valuable crime prevention tool."
Wylie also recommended that people install and use alarm systems. An audible alarm will almost always scare off a would-be burglar, she said.