Posted by resident, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:08 am
I swear the way you word your burglary reports especially the recent stories of thefts in Ruby Hills sounds like a sale at Macy's or something. " The theft yieled three necklaces worth a thousand a piece". Why don't you just say "Come on out to Ruby Hills and see how much you can yeild from robbing one of these beautiful homes today!"
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:05 am
I'm a bit surprised to read about all of the robberies in the Ruby Hill area which resulted in rich hauls of expensive jewelry. And, yes, news like this successful haul tends to get around to other robbers, who will in turn also target the Ruby Hills area. For their own sakes, Ruby Hill homeowners need to get their act together and start doing a better job of securing their valuables, especially jewelry. Thieves love jewelry - it's very easy to carry and very easy to sell or pawn.
Posted by Leland, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:20 am
I've got a dozen security cameras and at least 4 firearms in every room of my house. If anyone dares to gain entry, innocent or not, I'll give him a dose of Rick Perry justice. No one gets near MY jewels. Bring back the death penalty!
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm
"is it legal to shoot to kill somebody who is caught stealing from your home?"
I'm pretty sure that it isn't. However, killing in self-defence is legally justified. If a homeowner were to find a burglar in his house and claimed that he shot the burglar because he believed that the burglar had a weapon and/or intended to cause physical harm to his family, I wouldn't second guess the homeowner and I don't think that any jury would either.
Posted by Rick Perry, a resident of another community, on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm
I don't care whether it's an armed intruder or teenagers taking one of my kid's 100+ racing bikes. They're going to regret coming onto my property. And if the culprit happens to be innocent, well I'll still sleep well at night.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm
PW Reader said: "This rash of burglaries reinforces that we're not a small town anymore--LOCK your bedroom windows, sliding doors and front doors! It doesn't matter where in town you live, LOCK up"
No, there is not a big "rash of burglaries" in overall Pleasanton. I read the weekly police reports posted here on the Pleasanton Weekly, and overall burglaries are fairly low, maybe just 1 to 3 per week in all of Pleasanton which is pretty small considering the size of our town. But Ruby Hill in particular does seem to have a burglary problem, and the solution is not just locking windows and doors. Locked windows and doors are not going to deter a burglar if he suspects that there are unsecured $1000 necklaces sitting around waiting to be taken in a house. The solution is hiding or locking away those $1000 necklaces in safe deposit boxes or secure safes.
Posted by John, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Any scum bag in your house that is FACING you is a "threat", shot them! If you shoot "them" in the back, turn them over and shot them through the same hole from the front. But that is iffy because today's scientific study can show inconsistent wounds. Never just threaten with your firearm, it will be taken from you and YOU will be shot, most homeowners are shot with their own gun because they don't have the guts to shoot until it is too late. Take some firearms self defense classes.Now lets see, in over stuffed hills, our stocks have gone way down, rip off job doesn't look so good, need cash, all this stuff is insured isn't it?? Oh and if it does really happen, better be looking at neighbor teens,usually inside job!
Posted by dublinteddy, a resident of Dublin, on Sep 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm
@" most homeowners are shot with their own gun because they don't have the guts to shoot until it is too late."
Now there's some real facts and logic for ya!
It's all a scam. All these Rooby Hill types are doing what they do best -- scamming the system. They saw one neighbor get away with it, and now they're all doing it. Gotta hand it to 'em though, they're richer than I am!
Posted by joanna, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:53 am
Isn't Ruby Hills a gated community? How else would the robbers gain entry into the neighborhood? You have to check in at the gate and have permission from homeowners to come in. I'd suspect one of the homeowners' kids with a drug problem--oh no, none of our kids do drugs!
Posted by Frizzy, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:06 am
My kids told me there's a network of Ruby Hill home owners who are into a new kind of game. Potlatch Jewelry. I give you the key to my home so you can come in and steal my jewelry; you then give me your key and I get to steal yours. Everybody comes out ahead, except the insurance companies.
Posted by Irene, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Sometimes people just lose things. I lost a favorite cat's eye marble once. I never blamed my brother for stealing it, even when it turned up in his collection. The important thing is that we all get along with one another. God bless.