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Home burglars make off with $15,000 in goods

Original post made on Apr 17, 2013

Burglars hit three homes in three different Menlo Park neighborhoods and stole jewelry, computers and construction equipment for a total estimated loss of $15,000, on Monday, April 15, police said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 11:43 AM

Comments

Posted by Concerned citizen, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Technically La Loma Drive is Sharon Heights; West Menlo Park is the unincorporated "University Heights" neighborhood between Menlo Park proper and Sharon heights. Regardless, the need to reinforce side/rear garage doors is becoming clearer by the day as the recent steady stream of brazen daytime break-in reports indicates. Does anyone have any advice on best practices or have a good door strengthening service they can recommend?


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Concerned:

The first thing to look at on garage side doors is whether they have glas in them. They often do. That type of door should be replaced with a solid core door and secured with a deadbolt with a 1 1/2" throw. The strike plate should be installed with minimum 3" screws into the framing of the structure and not just the door frame. That will be a door that is very difficult and time consuming to break open. Also, always lock your doors and windows. Locks do no good if they're not used.


Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Spot-on guidance, thanks MV.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Concerned Citizen - if your lifestyle allows, get a dog! It's not an infallible option, but most thieves will avoid a place when they hear a dog bark.

I'm in EPA, & one of the first things I did was install a solid core door as my front door, as there was already one for the garage. I also have dogs.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Hmmm:

Dogs are good.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I'm always a pooch pusher, MV! I know not everyone can have/wants one, but they're aces for safety.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

We've got two!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Good for you! That way the can cause twice as much havoc ;-)