Eye in the sky for security at Stoneridge Shopping Center


Stoneridge Shopping Center visitors may have noticed a new retractable security tower in the mall's parking lot in recent weeks.

The tower, shown here blocking off eight parking spots in the southwest lot near The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen, gives security guards an overhead look at what's going on in the lot while also serving as a deterrent to potential crime.

A representative of Simon Property Group, which owns the Pleasanton mall, declined to comment on the tower, saying the company does not talk publicly about its security measures.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm

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Is the mall even going to still be in business soon? With all the stores that have closed or will close--Sears, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Gymboree, Hallmark--and the aisles littered with flea market booths, I feel like the time is near for the entire lot to be converted to Workday-like offices and apartments.

I think Pleasanton is losing the retail battle. At least they could consider putting the Costco in the Sears.

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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 12, 2019 at 6:12 pm

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I stopped going to that mall when the BART station opened about 7 or 8 years ago and those "security towers" are not gonna get me back. There is way too much crime in that area. A PPD substation might help but security guards without guns are laughable.

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Posted by Just the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2019 at 1:04 pm

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Sorry to hear you discontinued patronizing your local businesses because the Bart Station opened. Very little crime can be directly related to the opening of the station. The towers are a measure to help security deter crime in the parking lot, keep an eye on patrons cars, and detect criminal activity. They should be a welcome measure.

If you are unaware, the Pleasanton Police Department and Bart Police Department are in the process of having a substation built at the mall. It is your decision whether you want to shop at the mall, but crime there is NOT running rampant. Pleasanton Police Department does a great job of keeping the community safe and making it one of the top places to live in the bay area.

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Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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All BART users at West Dublin-Pleasanton cross the freeway via a pedestrian walkway. There is no other access to the station. One camera could record every BART patron on each side. Hopefully BART and local police have access to photo-recordings.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The current issue of the Pleasanton weekly police report shows approximately fifty issues, fourteen of which occurred at the mall or immediate neighborhoods near the mall. That equates to approximately twenty-eight percent of all police issues in the police report. This is a typical percentage of police issues every week. One quarter of all issues appear to be mall related.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

Robert S. Allen: The idea of cameras on both ends is a great idea. Unfortunately, BART would like put up fake ones.

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Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm

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Rob: Not so. Fake cameras years ago made sense. Not today. BART knows better now.
Two questions: Are walkways photo-scanned? Do local police have access to films?

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 15, 2019 at 10:10 pm

WHAT?? “Fake cameras years ago made sense”. That statement is almost as good as taxing us for BART To Livermore then taking that money and doing who mows what with it??? It’s amazing these clowns got those trains running at all

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Posted by Guest
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 20, 2019 at 8:42 pm

On business from out of state and our vehicle had a window smashed out at 3:30 pm 8 parking spaces from the front of the mall entrance and buckhorn. We were in the mall for less than a half hour and we’re told the camera on the front of buckhorn did not work and that our vehicle was in a blind zone.

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Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:16 pm

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Sure: fake cameras made sense. Cheap. Bad guys didn't know.

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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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Putting fake cameras on BART is like putting BART police in really nice SUV’s to ride around in style instead of having to deal with those filthy BART cars, leave those to the paying and non- paying riders! How much money is lost every year to those non-paying gate jumpers??? Probably could hire a lot more officers if every rider paid that fare.

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