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News - February 7, 2014

In wake of recent crimes, Palo Alto police may consider public surveillance

Police discuss prevention and awareness with community Tuesday night

by Sue Dremann

The Jan. 23 home-invasion robbery of an elderly Palo Alto couple was the flashpoint for a public meeting that focused on crime prevention and awareness at City Hall Tuesday night, police said.

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Posted by oh my
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hopefully the Palo Alto Police Dept. will change their priority of chasing down teenage bicyclists running stop signs and focus instead on rising crime in our city. The Police Chief and City Manager seem to mistakenly believe that every crime can be somehow caught on video and therefore propose to gain public support in spending millions of tax dollars on installing surveillance cameras on light and power poles. How inane and simple minded. Perhaps the Police Chief and City Manager's time would be better spent on educating and training senior and middle management police officials on crime prevention techniques, restoring morale within police ranks, and remedying the exodus of our most qualified police officers.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

> But the take-home message for residents Tuesday was to do everything they can to protect themselves

Uh, if people are armed and coming into our houses I think that is not a job for people protecting themselves, unless they have weapons and training to use them.

If some kind of surveillance is being thought about to combat this, explain what it is and how it works. For example posting cameras of every person who walks in or drives into the city that is kept for a limited amount of time, or unable to be accessed except by a court warrant in case of a crime would be OK with me. I don't see what kind of privacy invasion that would be ... am I missing something?

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Posted by Diff'rent Strokes
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

When we lived in South Palo Alto, we had a neighborhood watch. This included monthly meetings at a different person's home, complete with a potluck dinner.

Now that we live north of Oregon, neighbors apparently feel safe from crime, because absolutely no one we have discussed this with wants anything to do with a neighborhood watch ( claiming it is unneeded, everyone works too late, too busy, too tired, too many kids, &c). About one-third have never even heard of a neighborhood watch and would not want to be involved anyway, because they feel this is the job of the police.

If people do not feel that crime prevention begins at home, and that no one is immune to crime, what can a community do? Apparently in some European countries this is entirely the domain of the government!

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