Here's an alert I received last week:
"On Wednesday, September 11th, between 8:00 AM & 6:00 PM, a residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of Ruby Ave. Victim residents were away on vacation. A neighbor called the Sheriff's Office around 8:00 PM to report the incident. Deputies arrived to find the interior of the house ransacked and the victim's black BMW 525I had been stolen from the driveway. Suspect(s) obtained a key for the stolen car from inside the home.
Suspect(s) entered through a doggy door on the side of the house. they likely left through the front door. Deputies were unable to determine what property was stolen until the residents return from vacation.
The Sheriff's Office continues to encourage San Carlos residents to incorporate proactive crime prevention measures which will help prevent crimes of this nature from occurring. Alert your neighbors when you leave for vacation. Report suspicious persons & activity to the Sheriff's Office IMMEDIATELY."
Alerts like these increase awareness and very likely helps stop similar crimes in the future. Some of the take-aways of this post for me were:
- doggie doors need to be monitored carefully. Perhaps if one has a medium- or large-size dog another means for the dog to gain access to the yard needs to be found.
- watch where you put keys to the cars, the house, etc. Don't make it easy for a burglar to drive away
- be sure to get to know your neighbors and look out for one another.
I've also received alerts recently asking us to keep an eye out for an elderly person with dementia who wandered away from her home, as well as crime issues like car break ins, etc.
Does your area have a County Alert System? You might wish to sign up if they do. And if you live in San Mateo County, the Alert System link is here.