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Burglary wave topped Palo Alto crime news

Original post made on Dec 28, 2012

Crime was No. 1 on the list of Palo Alto neighborhood concerns in 2012, with residential burglaries taking center stage. Home burglaries jumped by 56 percent in 2012, police said in September.

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

Not all of the burglars were from the area. I kept a close watch on these incidents and I noticed that a large number of them were from the South Bay; San Jose, Santa Clara.

However, I wonder if investments by Palo Altans towards community development in East Palo Alto might ehlp with the problem.

Or, would they prefer to just keep dealing with it and lock up eveyone that they catch; but of course they have to catch them first.


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Posted by Anecdotal vs hard numbers
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

Fascinating. First: "I noticed that a large number of them were from the South Bay; San Jose, Santa Clara."

Then "I wonder if investments... towards community development in East Palo Alto might ehlp with the problem."

If the crooks are from "the South Bay; San Jose, Santa Clara", why disparage EPA?

Second: Where are the hard numbers? Wouldn't this article have benefited by a month by month list of total crimes, assuming those stats are available on the 'police blotter'? It's reported as mere anecdotes.

related: PAPD doesn't make it easy to find that raw data on their site Web Link

The link to the crime by google map Web Link is interesting, but a monthly breakdown of incidents would serve a good purpose as well.

Too.

Also.






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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Anyone besides me notice the burglaries popped up over the summer and dropped off when school started?? (Except for the unempolyed recent grads.)


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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Sorry about the spelling -"employed"......


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

@just thinkin' - The burglary numbers were still very high in september and october. It has only been the last month that they have slowed down.

@Anecdotal vs hard numbers - I really agree that the article, and the PAPD both coud use a lot more easily accesible data. PAPD's residential burglary map is a start, but would be a lot more useful if had more than a couple weeks of data. I'd like to see the year to date, with recent burglaries in a different color.

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