Danville PD investigating string of thefts Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 6, 2011 at 9:30 am
Police Chief Steve Simpkins said a total of seven autos were entered in the areas of Claridge Drive, Alicante Place, Aptos Place and Balceta Court between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday morning. Among the items taken were electronic game equipment, credit cards, GPS devices, purses and garage door openers.
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Posted by JCS, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2011 at 8:37 am
Come on now! Mr. Simpkins does not need to put the blame on the victims... of course we should know to lock our car doors, but this is not the first of these type of thefts. Since I have been living in this neighborhood (9 years) this has been a very common type of theft. Just last week in broad daylight a neighbor left his car running on his driveway, ran into the house for 2 minutes and came out to see his car being driven away. Yes, we may suffer from a false sense of security, because we live in a "safe" area, but... Let's do a better job of patrolling the area, add some more shifts... Catch someone finally, punish them and publicize the punishment and the fact that the police are patrolling more... Do something Police Chief!!!
Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm
JCS: What?!! You want to blame the police for not providing 24 hour patrols, instead of blaming the "victims" who could have secured their own property?? AND, you want the taxpayers to front spending MORE money to capture, prosecute, and prevent this kind of preventable theft? I'm sorry, I think we have more important things to spend our money on.... Thanks Danville Weekly for running the story to help remind us to secure our own valuables.
Posted by Marie, a member of the Greenbrook Elementary School community, on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:39 am
Maybe a better use of the Danville Police Dept. time would be to spend a little less time hiding at stop signs, trying to catch moms not making "complete stops" as they take and pick up their kids from school, and more time patrolling neighborhoods....
Posted by samiam, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Interesting, when a similar situation happened in my old neighborhood, the police department set up a community meeting, discussed what people could do and sent out a few extra neighborhood patrols. Of course, the police chief lived in the neighborhood, so that might have helped. The police department was locally controlled which also might have helped. I have noticed that I do not see neighborhood patrols in Danville. Why? It is not a particularly difficult task and it does make us feel safer.