Police log: Homes targeted in burglaries Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:31 am
Six homes were hit in burglaries or burglary attempts between Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, police reports show. Jewelry worth an estimated $500 was stolen from a home in the 7800 block of Chestnut Way on Feb. 21; a rear sliding glass door was shattered to provide access to the home.
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Posted by Ptown Resident, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:31 am
Not sure if anyone else has noticed the increase in burglaries since Bart opened up by the mall. It seems that I am seeing more people walking the streets that really do not belong in our srea. I hate to type cast but I have lived in Val Vista for more than 25 years and i've been seeing a lot of strange people walking in our neighborhood lately, I asked a couple of kids the other day if they were lost because I had never seen them before and they said no they were visiting a friend down the street and pointed to a house which was funny because that house was owned by friends of mine that have lived there for more than 25 years as well and I called them up and they said they were not expecting any vistors let alone teenagers. Another neighbor of mine said that packages have been disappearing from her front porch. This is quite sad.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:14 am
Ptown: "Not sure if anyone else has noticed the increase in burglaries since Bart opened up by the mall."
I haven't seen any evidence that there has been any recent increase in burglaries in neighborhoods surrounding Stoneridge Mall or the new BART station. There are of course a lot of incidents at Stoneridge Mall itself, just as there has always been. But as far as residential burglary, I see them scattered throughout most all of Pleasanton. No evidence of any crime hot spots in the neighborhoods surrounding the mall.
Furthermore, it wouldn't make a lot of sense for people to ride the BART into Pleasanton and then walk a mile or more to the nearest residential neighborhoods to commit burglary, would it? I know that many criminals aren't the sharpest people around, but even they must realize that committing a burglary and then walking a mile or more back to the BART station with the goods isn't a great escape plan.
Posted by Kim, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:34 am
Never mind the SToneridge Bart, crime has increased in PLeasanton since the first BART station came in years ago. As for recent crime, I bet it has to do with the state of the economy more than there being a new BART.
Also, where do you think prisoners go when they are released from Santa Rita? They give them a BART ticket when they let them out....
Posted by None of the Above, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Check this out:
However, based on statistics, shoplifting has not gone up at all since Stoneridge BART opened.
"Since BART's opening in February, we have not seen a substantive increase or peak in any criminal activity at the mall, looking at the numbers," said Pleasanton police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.
He said police took 129 shoplifters into custody in 2010 and 133 in 2009.
"We've had 113 cases to date this year," he said. "With just a little under a month left this year, I'd suspect it will come in right around 130, Again, based on the stats, we don't expect any increase."
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Kim said: "Never mind the SToneridge Bart, crime has increased in Pleasanton since the first BART station came in years ago."
That's not true. The first Pleasanton BART station became operational in 1997. The total number of reported crimes in Pleasanton according to the Pleasanton Police annual report in the years 1996, 1997, and 1998 was 1,811, 1,845, and 1,818, respectively. So you see, there was no sudden spike in the overall crime rate with the introduction of the first Pleasanton BART station. Furthermore, the number of reported crimes in the past three years of the latest available annual Pleasanton Police annual report for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010 were 1,567, 1,370, and 1,385, respectively. So the overall crime rate is DOWN from what it was around 1997 despite the fact that Pleasanton is now larger.
The biggest year of total reported Pleasanton crimes in the past 20 years? Answer: The year 1994, with 2,144 reported crimes. That was three years BEFORE Pleasanton had any BART station at all.
Posted by P*town Truth Teller, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:07 am
The urban element has targeted Pleasanton in these tough economic times - because people in Pleasanton have money. The median income in the East Bay is $50K per household (and no doubt much of that comes from entitlement income); it's $120K in Pleasanton where we have a rich, albeit declining business community.
From opening thug club Neo, to building more affordable housing, the entitlement class has targeted Pleasanton and is all too hapy to take their "reparations" by violent force or by ripping off property owners. Just keep voting Democrat and for pro-Union, pro-developer, leftist city council people, and you'll get more of the same.