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After sharp decline, crime climbs back to pre-pandemic levels

Original post made on May 15, 2020

Reports of crimes, which dropped during the first weeks of the coronavirus shutdown, are trending back upward in three Midpeninsula cities, daily police records show.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 15, 2020, 6:46 AM

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Posted by A Numbers Game
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 15, 2020 at 8:38 am

Reports are often inconclusive as there are many perpetrators/violators who get away and are not actually cited or arrested.

When it comes to actual crime, the only statistics that matter are the arrest & conviction records.

For example...a driver who get a ticket for exceeding the speed limit has probably exceeded the speed limit on a number of occasions. He or she just hasn't gotten caught the majority of the times. And the same can be said of those who drive while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs, commit burglaries, and sexual assaults etc.

If the bookings at the San Jose Main Jail are down, it does not mean that crime is down...just that people haven't gotten caught.

Reason...crime is a venerable component of human nature and it will never go away.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 15, 2020 at 11:33 am

This is why the cops are frustrated. The city is happy to lay-off the rank and file, but still keep around that Captain who [used] a racial epithet.


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Posted by Not A Surprise
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 15, 2020 at 12:06 pm

It’s not a surprise the crime numbers are back on the rise. The officers are only responding to calls and are not “patrolling.” It you look into it the police are not conducting enforcement most likely because they don’t want to contact anyone.

Criminals know this and are out stealing anything they can.


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Posted by CC
a resident of Professorville
on May 15, 2020 at 2:21 pm

Our residents assume that safety and calm will continue in Palo Alto as always—business as usual. But we face a slow-moving economic catastrophe like no other.

Thus, funding decisions should be framed as a choice between a preferred service vs. the assumed calm streets ensured by police protection. Why worry about funding police and fire when all is quiet and secure right now?

The pandemic + economic depression will stress our city and we will be vulnerable. Do not take our safety as a given.

Please wake up. Do not cut funding for Police + Fire


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Posted by Help!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm

You know that nightmare where you call 911 and it takes forever for them to arrive? Coming soon to a day near you!

The City Council wants to cut 24 police officers from the force and we are already at a skeleton crew. "The Police Department would see across-the-board cuts, with reductions in detective services, patrol and public outreach. The traffic team, which the city reintroduced in 2018 based on popular demand, would be eliminated" Web Link

City Council also wants to cut the ambulance service so our ambulances will drive from Santa Clara County, at least 15 minutes vs. 7 minutes if in Palo Alto. When there is a health emergency, every minute counts. With 101 traffic, the ambulance could take 30 minutes to arrive. What if it's driving from San Jose?

And to those who complain that burglars don't serve a day in jail, don't blame the police, blame the left-wing laws. The criminals get processed, then are let go back into our population to steal again, that's all the police are allowed to do.

Cut the $23 million bike bridge that few will use! So what if it's already started, I want my safety. The bike bridge to EPA is already a failure, citizens are getting mugged!


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 16, 2020 at 7:28 am

The last five PAPD Report Logs show a cumulative 3 catalytic converter thefts and 12 bicycle thefts. I guess that's normal, but wonder if bike thefts are different when school is not in session.


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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm

When people don't have jobs then bad things can happen. Lost in all this "shelter in place", "lock down" "flattening of the curve" whatever you want to call it is that the disproportionate impact on those at the lower end of the pay scale

while the rest of you WFH and do your Zoom cocktail parties others are desperate and I can't blame them . The people making the decisions what closes or remains opens have nothing to fear, their jobs are secure.


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Posted by YP
a resident of Community Center
on May 16, 2020 at 5:41 pm

By the way I'm glad people are waking up to the draconian polices implemented by our local officials to stem Covid, Gee what a surprise we might have an economic impact resulting in state and local budgets being decimated, and thus services slashed.

Our officials have moved the goal posts, first it was flatten the curve, that was 9 weeks ago, now testing and tracing, but that won't be enough I guarantee it will be "we need a vaccine!! Well sorry to say that's 8-12 months away minimum , and get in line with 7 billion people on this planet that will want it.

Protect the at risk, the rest of us need to get on with our lives


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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on May 17, 2020 at 8:10 pm

Police and firefighters are most important during current pandemic situation for all the residents, not all the high payed layers in city hall. That's where the cuts should be.


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