In response to a number of residential burglaries in Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, the city will hold a public meeting to discuss the problem at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Laurel School Upper Campus (275 Elliott Drive.)
The most recent arrests for residential burglaries in that neighborhood occurred Dec. 20, when two 16-year-old boys from East Palo Alto were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. They were booked into Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts of residential burglary each.
According to police spokesperson Nicole Acker, 12 out of the 15 residential burglaries that occurred in 2016 in the Willows neighborhood occurred from September to December. Overall, she said, there were three more residential burglaries in the Willows neighborhood in 2016 than in 2015, and that the neighborhood saw the greatest number of residential burglaries compared to other neighborhoods.
At the meeting Wednesday, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, Police Chief Bob Jonsen, Police Commander William Dixon and city police officers are expected to talk about how they are addressing the burglary problem and answer questions.
Detective Jason Poirier will talk about crime prevention "through environmental design." The concept, according to the city's website, is that people can reduce crime near their homes by "eliminating criminal opportunities in and around your property." Well-maintained, well-lit and difficult-to-access properties, for instance, can be less appealing targets for burglars, the website says.
Community Service Officer Gonee Sepulveda will talk about the police department's neighborhood watch program.
A question-and-answer session will follow.
The meeting is expected to last roughly two hours.
Meanwhile, Ms. Acker said, undercover surveillance in the neighborhood will continue.
Go to the city's website for more information.