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Pleasanton police see increase in daytime home burglaries

Typically occurring between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pleasanton police put out a warning Thursday through Nixle about an increase in daytime residential burglaries.

According to police, the burglaries are happening between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The typical scenario is that one or more subjects approach a home, ring the doorbell, and wait for a response, police said. If no one answers the door, the subject or subjects wait outside for a short time then force entry through a side door (usually a side garage door) or the front door.

Police said subjects could be dressed in business attire and have a cover story such as door-to-door sales or marketing.

In addition, there might be a getaway car parked in the area which could possibly be occupied by someone acting as a lookout.

Officers are asking residents to stay alert to strange cars or people in their neighborhood.

Thursday's Nixle warning stated, "It is critical that residents call the police immediately, before calling anyone else, when reporting these circumstance."

Police recommend following these safety tips to prevent thefts and burglaries:

* Ensure all doors and windows are locked, including side garage doors and second story windows

* Even if home during the day, it is important to keep the garage door closed

* Vehicles should always be locked

* Do not leave anything valuable in the car (phones, purses, brief cases and computers)

More crime prevention tips can be found on the Pleasanton Police Department website.

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

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Posted by Name hidden
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on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:33 am

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Posted by Roberta
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

In the headline, Pleasanton is spelled incorrectly.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2015 at 8:52 am

Thanks PPD!!
I appreciate the warnings but never heard of Nixle before. What is that?


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Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

Steven is a registered user.

Which neighborhoods have been hit?


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Ed,

Go to Web Link To see the reports. You can also sign up there to get emails or text messages as they are posted out on Nixle by the PPD.


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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Are the Post Office, UPS , Fedex and other delivery personnel instructed to put large delivered items in a alcove or other out of sight place, if available? If not, they should be.


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Posted by Henry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Are the police suggesting we call them any time an unknown person rings our door bell? Are they suggesting we do not answer if we can see the ringer and not recognize them?

In the 1980s - in a different community - my next door neighbor started to open his front door to a gentleman wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase. As he opened the door, the gentleman was pulling a ski mask over his face and was pulling a large caliber pistol from that briefcase. My neighbor was able to push the door closed and then call the police.

Subsequent to that event, we organized a neighborhood watch. The off-duty officer who led the first meeting in the neighbor's home emphasized the desirability of homeowners having an accessible weapon. Does the Pleasanton Police Department have recommendations on this point? A call to the police on a possible intruder would be answered very quickly here - this was not the case in the community mentioned above - so I assume we do not need to provide for our own protection, but simply use caution. Or am I being overoptimistic?


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a resident of Pleasanton Heights

on Jan 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

Henry,

My understanding is that you should answer through the door without opening it to let them know that someone is in the house. Do not open the door under any circumstances.

A firearm is a good idea but only if you know how to safely use one and store one. Remember average response times to a 911 call are now 27 minutes and that is a long time so if comfortable a firearm is a good way to protect your family. I think this situation will become far worse. When we moved here the police blog might have a few incidents a week and now they have more and more eCh week. Very sad.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

"I think this situation will become far worse. When we moved here the police blog might have a few incidents a week ..."

The crime _rate_ really hasn't gone up. The population has. Crime rates are going down all over the country.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

BobB: "The crime _rate_ really hasn't gone up. The population has. Crime rates are going down all over the country."

If you look at the Pleasanton Police Annual Report, you will see that the per-capita crime rate in Pleasanton in 1994 (20 years ago) was about twice what it is today. Pleasanton was smaller but yet had more total crime incidents.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

BobB and Damon,

Please read my comments again and then check Pleasantons violent crime index and also the number of incidents by year starting in 1980. Too many people here and in surrounding areas. How many bank robberies have we had in the last 3 years?


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

@Pete

I don't know where you're pulling your information from. What Pleasanton "violent crime index" are you referring to? What's your source of information? The last Pleasanton Police Annual Report only lists crime indexes back 20 years to 1994. Also, your claim that the average response time to 911 calls is 27 minutes is either misleading or incorrect. Are you referring to some national average? If you glance at the Pleasanton Police Annual Report, they state exactly what their emergency response time is. As of the year 2013, the Pleasanton Police response time to emergency calls was 3 minutes and 54 seconds - quite a bit faster than your erroneous or misleading claim of 27 minutes.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 24, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Yeah -27 min response seems wayy to high.

Interesting that the technique used by the thieves are to knock and check for a reply. A lot of solicitors knock on my door and are promptly ignored. I may need to rethink my strategy.

1 thing Pleasanton city can do, is improve street lights. Case in point Mohr ave. (by retirement community and trail head) pitch black when the sun goes down.


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Posted by I
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

I don't buy either number. Detroits average response time is 58 minutes and national average is 12 minutes so the 4 minute quote is difficult to believe. Also response times are calculated when the call comes in until the officer arrives at the scene not when anything is done. I have only called 911 one time here in town and it took 15 minutes by the police numbers. I asked why so long and they told me they were short this day. It was a Sunday. I think the police in this town generally do a great job. Do yourself a favor and set your smartphone to a 5 minute alarm and then wait and tell me if you are comfortable being alone and unarmed in your home with an armed intruder for that period of time?


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

@"I": "....4 minute quote is difficult to believe. Also response times are calculated when the call comes in until the officer arrives at the scene not when anything is done. I have only called 911 one time here in town and it took 15 minutes by the police numbers."

So you think that we should give more weight to your anecdotal evidence than to official Pleasanton police statistics? OK, well, I'll counter your anecdote with my anecdote: I once called the Pleasanton police to report some nighttime noise at Foothill High and they arrived in less than 5 minutes AND my call was to their non-emergency telephone number.

I think that your final sentence reveals your agenda and motivation for trying to question official Pleasanton police statistics. There might be a strong argument for owning a gun for self-protection if you live in the Australian outbacks or in a dangerous part of Oakland or Detroit, but not if you live in a relatively low-crime community like Pleasanton. Statistically speaking, the chances are much greater that the gun would accidentally kill or injure an innocent person that it is that the gun would ever be used against an armed intruder in Pleasanton.


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Posted by I
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

Damon,

I couldn't care less what your opinion is one way or the other and not trying to change anyone's and only expressing my opinion and experience. Do I believe the police stats? Probably not and that's just my opinion. Do I care if you arm yourself? No doesn't matter me me one way or the other. People need to feel secure and some want to rely on the police for 100% protection and that is fine. Good luck to you and happy journeys.


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Damon recently posted a statement claiming the air quality in the valley is better then it was in the 1970's I have lived in pleasanton since the 1960's This statement is totally false. Not sure where damon gets his information but he is clueless on this point. So i tend not to believe anything he says. His credibility is very questionable. So i will assume his source or stats are also wrong on crime rates in pleasanton. His next post will be a personal attack on me or anyone who disagrees with his "opinion"


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

according the the pleasanton police web site violent crime increased from 2012 to 2013 49 to 60 property crimes were also up in this period. Credible source?


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

@: "pleasanton was nice": "Damon recently posted a statement claiming the air quality in the valley is better then it was in the 1970's I have lived in pleasanton since the 1960's This statement is totally false. Not sure where damon gets his information but he is clueless on this point. So i tend not to believe anything he says. His credibility is very questionable.....His next post will be a personal attack on me or anyone who disagrees with his "opinion""

LOL! You suggest that I will launch a personal attack on you in a post in which you launch a personal attack on me! I love it!

As for the statement about the air quality in Pleasanton many years ago, I was not referring to personal experience because I wasn't living in Pleasanton in the '60's or 70's. I was referring to a post by someone else that I once read. I did a search and found it. Here it is in its entirety:

.............
Posted by Cleaner Tri-Valley
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

You short-timers have no clue how bad the air was in Tri-Valley in the sixties. If you were standing on Stanley next to the gravel pits, now called Shadow Cliffs, in the month of August you would not see the Pleasanton ridge due to smog. It was that bad.

The amazing thing is that adults would call it haze and never had a clue it was man-made smog. It was "normal." Your lungs hurt.

What does Prop 30 & 38 have to do with taxes? Your logic is irrational.

I prefer Prop. 30, BTW.

(source: Pleasanton Weekly: Web Link )
..........

My memory was wrong about one thing: It was the '60's, not the ' 70's. Not sure if that helps your case, though, because you claimed that you lived in Pleasanton since the '60's.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

"...according the the pleasanton police web site "

Way too short a period of time and a single statistic to identify any kind of a trend.

There is a tendency for people to base their estimates on crime statistics on emotion rather than facts. They sometimes observe people from diverse ethnic groups moving into an area and equate that with a crime increase, when in reality there is none.

@"40 years"

Air quality in the Bay Area (not talking about Pleasanton specifically) is way better than it was in the 1970s. Scientists have been measuring it. Regulations on tailpipe and factory emissions has been effective.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

@: "pleasanton was nice": "according the the pleasanton police web site violent crime increased from 2012 to 2013 49 to 60 property crimes were also up in this period. Credible source?"

You correctly noted that violent crime in Pleasanton in 2013 (60 incidents) was greater than in 2012 (49 incidents), while omitting to mention the fact that violent crime in Pleasanton in 2013 was less than in 2011, 2010, or 2009 (75, 77, and 61 incidents, respectively).

Your cherry-picking skills are most impressive!


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 26, 2015 at 8:40 am

We know our neighbors pretty well on either side of us and across the street, and over the years we've met or seen most of the folks on our street so we know when someone is there who isn't from the "block".

It's no guarantee against break-ins but it helps. The cops can't be everywhere


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Henry and Pete are just posting BS to support their pro-gun stance. I support your right to bear arms, but oppose your dimwitted attempts to fear others to follow suit.


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Posted by I
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Me,

I doubt most in this town need to be encouraged anymore


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Still a very safe town to live in, just use all your senses and be aware of your surroundings, keep that garage door closed, lock your car doors and your access doors to the house, leave a light on outside or have motion sensing lighting and cal PPD when those solicitors come -a-knocking on your door and something just doesn't feel right about that person!!! Seems to be a lot of people being dropped off in our neighborhoods lately in unmarked vans ringing doorbells, making little notations on their clipboards! Try questioning them about their "charity" or "cause" and you will get multiple confused answers, ask for an I. D. Or city permit and the whole tone changes. Watch your house and your neighbors houses and maybe we can chase these bums to another city.


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Posted by Sara
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

This happened to me about a year ago. A late 20 ish clean cut young man came to the door and there was a car out front with a driver (car running). We get solicitors and lost people all the time so nothing odd up to that point. He had a clipboard and when I answered acted like he was lost and mentioned he was looking for a certain street. I didn't recognize the street and said I would look it up real quick for him. So I went right back after a moment or two and he was long gone. (I didn't reopen door, though) btw the street he was supposedly looking for was 5 miles away. I decided to call the non-emergency number because the whole exchange seemed very odd. Police were here within 2 minutes. An alarm on a house on my cross street had just been tripped with someone trying to break in a sliding glass door right around the same time. The officer was pretty convinced it was the same guys. Now I use a camera to see who it is and rarely answer except fedex/ups. Makes me feel like a sitting duck though if they break in if I don't answer the door. Keeping door closed and responding is also a dead giveaway that I am a female home alone. Can't seem to win on this one.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:55 am

To Sara - answering the door with a Rottweiler on a leash is a deterrent.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

@Sara: "Now I use a camera to see who it is and rarely answer except fedex/ups. Makes me feel like a sitting duck though if they break in if I don't answer the door. Keeping door closed and responding is also a dead giveaway that I am a female home alone. Can't seem to win on this one."

I dunno but I would guess that since they are trying to burglarize homes where nobody is home, that they would simply turn tail and run if they found out that their game plan was wrecked because the owner was unexpectedly at home. This type of crook is generally interested in quick and easy pickings without any confrontation, and should not be confused with hardened "home-invasion" type armed criminals.


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