A rise in residential and auto burglaries is continuing in the county and police are seeking the public’s assistance in helping to curb the trend.
Just yesterday as the San Mateo Police Department was issuing a statement on the uptick in property crimes across the county, police received a call from an observant resident on Glendora Drive near the Laurelwood Shopping Center about two men acting suspiciously as they were driving a white 2000 Honda CRV.
“Our officers happened to be conducting a burglary saturation patrol nearby and were able to heavily saturate the area within a few minutes,” police Sgt. Dave Norris wrote the Daily Journal in an email.
The two men fled before being contacted by police, however. The alert resident took down the license plate number and police were able to determine the vehicle was stolen, Norris wrote.
At about the same time in Redwood City, an observant neighbor noticed a stranger enter a home through a laundry room door yesterday at about 1:30 p.m. The man fled the scene before police arrived, however.
While the San Mateo Police Department has made a number of recent arrests of residential and vehicle burglary suspects, police continue to see an uptick in property crimes across the entire county, Norris wrote.
Some of the recent incidents, according to San Mateo police, include:
• A residential burglary in the Baywood neighborhood that may have involved a green Toyota Camry-type vehicle that appeared suspicious and was seen in the area around the time of the burglary;
• At least five reports in the last month describe side window or screen removal as attempts to access buildings and residences;
• Several reports reviewed in the past month described teen and young adult males either acting suspiciously or soliciting suspiciously;
• Multiple suspicious activity reports and residential burglaries have also been reported in the Parkside and Hillsdale-Beresford neighborhoods; and
• Vehicles also continue to be targeted — thieves take advantage of unlocked vehicles and valuables left in plain sight.
The property crimes are taking place across the county and occur almost daily, especially in the county’s bigger cities such as Redwood City.
Saturday in Redwood City, a man was arrested after opening a stranger’s car door and being surprised by the driver who was still in the vehicle on El Camino Real.
On Friday night in Redwood City, jewelry and electronics were stolen from a vehicle on Farm Hill Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m.
Also Friday, three computers were stolen from a residence on Woodleaf Avenue before 10:58 a.m. and, on Thursday, a rental moving van was stolen on El Camino Real just after noon.
Police across the county have been grappling with the uptick and crafting strategies to curb the property crime trend. They say the crime is on the increase because the penalties are lighter and the criminals know that.
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