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Auto burglaries, car thefts on the rise

Original post made on Jan 18, 2019

Reports of stolen vehicles and car break-ins rose in Mountain View in 2018 while residential burglaries took a dip, according to preliminary data released by the Mountain View Police Department.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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Since two major hot spots have been identified (In-n-out and Shoreline Theater), it seems like increasing a police presence there seems like a great idea.

Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

The City Council and Police continue to ignore the issue . We need more enforcement in our city

Posted by SomeYoungGuy
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Every night, I see police officers parked in the Google parking lot (Villa Street location), typically facing the Shoreline overpass, just a couple blocks from the police station. It might make more sense for them to monitor the Century Cinema parking lot instead.

Posted by LikeToWatch
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm

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Why is taxpayer money targeted for a new police station instead of increased staffing? It is rare to see MVPD presence on the roadways, compared with adjacent Sunnyvale.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood

on Jan 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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Posted by Dr. Demento
a resident of Gemello
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Residential burglaries down. Auto burglaries up. But since so many people live in their cars, aren't auto burglaries counted as residential now?

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood

on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

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Are the City of Mountain View, and the MV Voice, willing to give us a weekly updated map of the exact places in MV where all reported crimes occur? Only then we'd know if our families, homes and autos are threatened. It would be really great to know also just who, if anybody, has been arrested and charged and exactly where they committed their crimes and where they live. Time to identify "problem neighborhoods and problem residents" and to start cleaning up Mountain View to improve safety and quality of life.

Posted by Convicitons
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm

we need long convictions for the animals who prey on the 99.9%

Posted by Ha, There
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm

Oh and I agree with William

Posted by Cog
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

I think the auto break-ins are crimes of opportunity, but there are 2 steady trends I have noticed. The first are auto break-in rings, people from outside the city drive here, hit a certain spot and then leave. It used to be separate spots around the city, but now I think they mostly focus on commercial areas.

The second is individual thieves on bicycles late at night. I have spotted them several times, and even followed one back to the aparments on the Sunnvyale/Bernardo border before he spotted me and took off. Always middle of the night, always hood + face mask and sometimes goggles or glasses. They have a flat head screwdriver, pry bar and sometimes a slim jim in their back pocket. I can't believe the police have not stepped up patrols late at night to fight this.

Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 19, 2019 at 3:02 am

Everyone, save your breath. Nothing is gona change. We have red light runners, speeders, burst speeding, RVs illegally parked, bike lane violators, cross walk violators, parcel pirates, auto break-ins and never a Police car in site... With the exception of the one cop that parks in the Google installation at Villa St. and Shoreline.

Posted by ButWhy
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jan 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

It is interesting why Inn-n-Out has so many burgalries but not Costco? WHy isn't In-N-Out hiring extra private security to take care of their customers? They sure can charge 5 or 10 cents to the bill if they think hiring private security hits their bottomline.
I understand cops can't be everywhere all the time. Century Theaters shoul d definitely hire private security especially on Thurs,Fri and Saturday to watch their parking lot.

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