Portola Valley: Deputies investigate another home burglary


Sheriff's deputies were on the scene today (Tuesday, Oct. 18) investigating another residential burglary in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley. A "residential alarm call" came in at about 10:50 a.m. from a home on Golden Oak Drive, deputies said.

It's not clear whether the house was occupied while the burglars were there.

Town Manager Jeremy Dennis reported around 3 p.m. today that a Sheriff Office's plane "has been flying over town for the last few hours in conjunction with the burglary earlier today."

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services issued an alert about the burglary shortly after noon advising residents to lock their doors and window, and to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office.

Tensions about property crime in the community are elevated. While the crime rate in town is not high relative to other communities and lower than the high in 2014, the Alpine Hills neighborhood is the scene of two home-invasion robberies by armed men this year, one in June and the other on Oct. 13.

The town is enabling the set up of neighborhood watch organizations, and the Sheriff's Office has added an extra team of three detectives and a sergeant to patrol localities in town where crime has been more common.

An online petition is circulating asking the Town Council to reconsider a recent decision to not install fixed automatic license-plate-reading cameras to monitor traffic in and out of town.


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1 person likes this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Portola Valley sends out an airplane to hunt for burglars? How many burglaries has Menlo Park had this year? Have they ever sent an airplane? Menlo Park doesn't even issue press releases for burglaries.

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Posted by local
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Not to place any blame on anyone - , but have you thought of checking out UBER for their dispatchers & drivers. There are so many kids who takwe UBER to & from all their activities.

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Posted by local
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

how does one get on the online petition ?

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Posted by Kaz
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm

In contex: there was a brutal armed violent home invasion robbery in the same area earlier this week. The gun, the blood, the hooded masked men grabbing a man outside his house at night, holding a gun to his head and his family captive while they ransacked the house, as they prayed to live through it.

Having another burglary just a couple of days later, while there were active police patrols through the neighborhood, does rattle our sense of security. (The plane overhead was annoying and silly).

PV is a town with a strong sense of community and very engaged residents. Private resources are flowing into solutions that will make PV a much less desirable target.

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