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13 vehicles burglarized on Stanford campus Saturday

Original post made on Jan 26, 2020

Thirteen vehicle burglaries were reported Saturday at three parking lots on the Stanford University campus, according to university police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:28 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 26, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Police say that crooks are using iphone apps to detect Bluetooth signals coming from car trunks. Don't leave electronic devices in your car trunk. If you really must for some reason, turn them off, not on standby.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 27, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Now this one I do not get. The campus has people walking round all of the time at unpredictable times of the day. And people on bikes every where. How can someone get away with this and no one notice? Breaking a car window is noisy and observable - why no one notices? Maybe now SU will increase their policing and the students will be super aware of what is going on around them. Or take a picture of the get away car license. Come on kids - get off your phones and police your campus.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 27, 2020 at 4:42 pm

There are far fewer students on campus over the weekend, especially in the parking lots that are away from the major pedestrian paths.


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Posted by Find Waldo...the Thief
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 28, 2020 at 9:46 am

> Police say that crooks are using iphone apps to detect Bluetooth signals coming from car trunks.

^^^I thought Apple/iPhone apps are proprietary & secured to ensure that questionable apps are not a part of their OS...unlike Android/Google.

Interesting how Apple will refuse to unlock a suspected terrorist's iPhone for the FBI but will allow certain apps to be utilized as burglary tools for thieves.

There's something wrong with Tim Cook & the Apple Dumpling Gang in Cupertino.

Thirteen cars being vandalized in one day at Stanford University is noteworthy as well as disturbing. Where was the campus police & don't they make routine runs throughout the parking facilities?

Or too busy enjoying their coffee & brioche...after all, they are still geographically a part of PA town where donuts are strictly viewed as 'big city' or 'country' law enforcement delights.




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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Posted by Find Waldo...the Thief, a resident of Community Center

>> > Police say that crooks are using iphone apps to detect Bluetooth signals coming from car trunks.

Police say that people are using cell phones to commit crimes. Eeek!

>> ^^^I thought Apple/iPhone apps are proprietary & secured to ensure that questionable apps are not a part of their OS...unlike Android/Google.

This isn't a burglary app. It is an app that is aware of nearby bluetooth devices. I have such an app myself. It is handy. Bluetooth is actually based on phones (iPhone or Android are the same) and nearby devices like ear buds and fitbits talking to each other. No big deal-- they are made to do it. Privacy is haphazard, but, in any case, they are broadcasting into public RF spectrum and anybody can operate a device to see them. Perfectly legal, just like owning any other kind of radio. What is surprising is that people think nobody can detect a device that is broadcasting on the public "airwaves". (Vacuum waves actually ;-)

>> Interesting how Apple will refuse to unlock a suspected terrorist's iPhone for the FBI but will allow certain apps to be utilized as burglary tools for thieves.

>> There's something wrong with Tim Cook & the Apple Dumpling Gang in Cupertino.

You are confused on many levels. But, if want to lock your cell phone in your trunk, either put it in airplane mode, or, turn it off. Otherwise, it is constantly giving off RF signals of several types in several bands, all easily detected. I actually leave nothing of value in my car and don't lock it. But, that's me.

>> Thirteen cars being vandalized in one day at Stanford University is noteworthy as well as disturbing. Where was the campus police & don't they make routine runs throughout the parking facilities?

Anybody can keep a lookout for an approaching police car, same as they always could. The police may need to step up their game a little.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 28, 2020 at 6:26 pm

^ Not exactly keep a lookout "same as they always could".
PAPD recently stepped up their game by going digital.
Can no longer just tune in 482.6125 MHz on your scanner.


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Posted by Urbanization
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:02 am

Urbanization has negative effects on health, resource use, crime ...better get used to it. The big companies are determined to use this place up and ruin it


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Posted by Nick
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 8:12 am

Quit leaving stuff in your car, valuable or not. Vehicle burglary is very preventable.


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