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on Aug 8, 2013
and property crime is way down the list of crimes to be investigated,
and has been so for years. No time for such events on part of the Sheriff.
Most victims of bicycle theft don't even bother reporting the crime because they know the police won't investigate. Better to search Craiglist and EBay yourself then bring your own posse to sting the perp.
From what we have experienced in our area - the burglars are teenagers (wanna be gang members). Being a teen affords them less prison risk. But some of these recent commercial residential construction site robberies take even more of my breath away !! Also, with hardened targets at home i think they are moving to the streets with guns to rob citizens - I.E downtown Palo Alto. Many have families and need jobs. East Bay is trying to work with them to some extend. But wrong is still wrong.
Raise taxes - repeal the COMMERCIAL loopholes (not residential) in Prop 13 that have reversed the property tax burden from majority commercial to majority residential property owners and you won't have sentences that begin with....
"To lower prison expenses..."
Just spoke with 3 of the sheriffs guys this a.m., and they say that catching them is most likely to happen when someone reports something odd. The robberies in Ladera were 2 via unlocked windows, and one with a broken window. That bothers me a lot, as they are taking more chances with forced entry.
But it is so sad to read that first time non-violent crimes are unlikely to serve any prison time! What about the victims, who's sense of safety in their own home is forever damaged?
I'm not sure I agree with all of the Menlo Park Crime Prevention observations, specifically: "Crime decreases if the opportunity to
commit crime is reduced or eliminated." I think it may save your house, but just move the crime to somewhere else.
Thanks to the Almanac for good article: I just hope it is read by many
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