Posted by victims_voice, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm
In case you haven't noticed there's been a big spike in auto burglary (theft from vehicle) throughout the East Bay and Pleasanton included. I suspect that other types or theft crimes are trending up as well both due to the economy and holiday time.
I know there is very little sympathy in most cases for those who leave their doors unlocked but it can happen to the best of us. Me and my wife are extremely security conscious, and I'm bordering on paranoid, and yet it happened to us 2 weeks ago. Somehow accidentally my wife left her car doors unlocked - either it was because she was juggling grocery bags or papers/etc from work and could not hit the button and then later forgot - or pressed it but not well enough or whatever, she left the doors unlocked.
Just before 2am a car quickly pulled up in front of the house, passenger emerged, and very calmly checked each car to see if it would open by the handle. Jackpot. No big score by any means but nevertheless - he got what he could in under 2 minutes and then moved on presumably to the neighbors. Maybe 1 in 20 or 1 in 50 or even 1 in a hundred will be open due to laziness, carelessness, forgetfulness, or whatever. It's a numbers game.
I have this incident recorded on very clear HD video and have turned it over to the PPD along with a report. Double-triple clicking the lock buttons now.