Posted by Brian, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Dec 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm
This is the second time I have seen a crime report that mentioned assistance from a Mountain View Police canine unit. Have the Palo Alto Police given up their own canine units? Did I miss that announcement? If so, that seems like an unfortunate situation.
Posted by No-Video-No-Priority, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm
No mention of surveillance video to help the police. Maybe it's time for the police to play hardball and tell merchants that if they don't have video surveillance footage, then the police will not be able to put a lot of time on their particular calls-for-service, when robberies have taken place.
> Did I miss that announcement? If so, that seems
> like an unfortunate situation.
The police do publish their budgets on a yearly basis. They have been undergoing various cost reductions for some time now. The K-9 unit was one of those items that could be shared by local police departments. If we were to actually count the number of times the K-9 units have been called out, having 7/24/365 coverage for each of the contiguous towns doesn't make a lot of sense. Sharing police resources between nearby towns makes a lot of sense.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 31, 2012 at 9:06 am
Obviously, Sober, you have not been there. Yes, Century Liquors has the usually beverages, but they specialize in very fine wines of all price categories, especially high end. It is a good place to go if you need a good wine for a special occasion, and the staff is knowledgeable about these things.
Posted by shopper, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Century is a good local source for scotch, etc. when you don't have time to get down to BevMo. Much better selection than Safeway, which itself does have a decent liquor and wine selection. Sorry to hear they got robbed, not surprised though. Glad nobody got shot.
Posted by stretch, a resident of another community, on Dec 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm
No-video-no-priority: what part of "wearing masks" do you not understand? It would be better to have a panic button to press for police and maybe noise, to scare them off, than to have video cameras for people you can't see! It doesn't make sense to say that stores w/o video cameras would not get priority from the police. Would the same go for residents whose houses are burglarized? No.
Posted by midtowner, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Sober Neighbor is SO wrong - Century is a great store, has one of the best selections of wines and spirits to be found in the area - and is an asset to the community. If asked for recommendations in wines, the clerks usually are quite helpful - but the main attraction is the varied choice. We and our neighbors have shopped there for many years, and are sorry that the store was robbed. Surveillance video and panic buttons may soon be the rule, however, given the recent rise in crime in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View.
Posted by YSK, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Dec 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm
Disgusting. Really, really disgusting. I really am starting to loathe people. I agree that video, inside and out, should be mandatory. When the garbage who took my purse tried my card at the Shell station by JJ&F used my card, video would have been very helpful. Instead, we got the usual response "It's not working."
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 1, 2013 at 10:22 am
I am working on a sommelier certification and I have shopped at Century because I did not have time to go to K&L, my preferred choice. The young man at the register knew quite a lot about the Spanish wine I had chosen, so he must have had some education in enology. That wine was definitely not available at Safeway!
Posted by No-video-no-priority, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 1, 2013 at 11:35 am
> No-video-no-priority: what part of "wearing masks"
> do you not understand?
Well .. even with masks, pictures would provide good estimates of height and weight. With audio, even possibly provide a basis for "voice prints". And then there is outside surveillance, which might provide car make, model, color and possibly even license tag information.
What's not to understand about video surveillance?
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jan 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm
I think that it is time that this country TRUSTS good and decent law-abiding American citizens with their 2nd Amendment rights but also takes guns out of the hands of CRIMINALS (felons and even those who commit multiple public misdemeanors), the mentally troubled/imbalanced, non-citizens and those who cannot pass a simple gun safety test.
I don't own a gun. My husband doesn't own a gun. However, we can be trusted with safe and proper ownership and operation of one. I am sure that the same is true for the vast majority of Americans.