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Vehicle stolen from home's driveway in Charleston Meadows

Original post made on Sep 29, 2021

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a burglar who stole car keys from an unlocked garage and drove away in a couple's vehicle in the Charleston Meadows neighborhood on Saturday.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 29, 2021 at 10:42 am

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Another report asking for information days later! This made NextDoor right after it happened. It would be nice if the police could move a bit faster in sending out their bulletins.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 30, 2021 at 9:04 am

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City Council defunded the Palo Alto police last year by about 25%. They had to cut over 14 positions to include the public information officer. They also have great difficulty hiring, whereas sister cities like Mountain View have many experienced officers lateraling in. Better pay, benefits and a non-hostile community (that can look at a good arrest like Arevalo and understand that a career criminal resisting arrest and high on meth might need to be taken to the ground) are some reasons why.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 30, 2021 at 9:09 am

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Not sure about that but we're already paying out lots of money to settle judgments for police brutality and legal costs while refusing to say whether the "bad cops" are allowed to retire with full pensions and benefits. And look at all the extra help they get from DA Rosen who downgrades PA cops' dui's and other offenses to misdemeanors so they can keep their jobs!

Many of the cops who left probably refused to get vaccinated since PAPD's vaccination rate is much lower than surrounding communities.

Posted by Robin Layne
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 30, 2021 at 9:28 am

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The police cannot prevent or reduce car thefts unless they are actively patrolling every driveway, parking lot, and monitoring parked curbside vehicles.

This is impractical. Just report the car stolen to the PD and contact your insurance company. It's as simple as that.

Another alternative is to keep the vehicle in the garage when it is not in use rather than using the garage as a storage area for clutter.

As for the 25% budgetary cut and subsequent reduction in staffing, this will be compensated for by the city shelling out overtime pay, a very lucrative option for the remaining PD officers.

So in essence, no money saved one way or the other.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 30, 2021 at 10:07 am

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Of course they can prevent crime. When patrolling the neighborhoods, they stop and talk to everybody on a bike or on foot who isn't a retiree, family of four, junior high student or the like. A single male in his 20's meandering around your home is suspicious. The above subject would've been stopped, identified, searched if on probation or parole and generally moved along. He'd go to Los Altos instead. Now, the citizens come out screeching about racism, tell the poor detainee that they're an "ally", interfere with the stop and it's just not worth it. I tackled a bank robber on University one time and all the white women freaked out. At me! Enjoy the increase in crime.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2021 at 11:23 am

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I see this as a double crime. First the crime of entering the garage and taking the keys, then a second crime of stealing the car.

I can't help wondering if this was a crime of opportunity, someone wandering into an unlocked garage looking to see if there is anything to steal, finding keys and then stealing the car? Or whether the car itself was targeted and the thief knew where to find the keys.

Many people in Palo Alto keep their homes, their garages and their cars unlocked while they are at home and oftentimes while they are away from home. I'm not sure if it is habit from childhood that makes them do it, or another reason. I have always kept all locked up since a child as that was what was the normal thing to do in my family.

I can't help feeling disgusted by all the crime in Palo Alto.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 30, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Crime is not why we wanted to live in Palo Alto. Maybe the City should focus on bread and butter issues, like preventing crime, and paving over potholes, and stop wasting money on all its far fetched initiatives.

Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm

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Keep in mind having fewer police officers and paying overtime saves Palo Alto a fortune in future liabilities for pensions with full benefits for additional hires.

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