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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 2:48 pm | Updated: 2:54 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

In response to a rash of recent burglaries in residential areas of Morgan Hill, authorities caution people to lock their doors and windows and call police if they see something suspicious.

From July 2 to July 15, police responded to at least eight home burglaries, Sgt. Shane Palsgrove said.

The burglaries have happened mostly around downtown Morgan Hill, on Llagas Road and on Adair Court north of town, Palsgrove said.

Other patterns noted by detectives and the city’s crime analyst include:

• Most of the home burglaries have happened during daylight hours while a resident is not at home.

• The method of entry in several cases was through an unlocked exterior door.

• Investigations show that rear glass sliding doors can be forced off their tracks and removed, allowing entry into the home.

• Televisions, video game consoles and jewelry are some of the common items taken during the burglaries.

The trend of items stolen, and the existence of other valuable items left untouched by the burglar or burglars in the incidents, and the fact that the suspects are looking for “an easy way in,” suggests that perhaps teenagers out of school for the summer could be behind the string of burglaries, Palsgrove said.

No arrests have been made in connection to the burglaries, police said.

Plus, detectives typically see a surge in property crimes in the summer months.

“It’s warmer, and people are out later,” Palsgrove said.  

Residents and motorists can take some easy precautions to avoid being a victim, Palsgrove said.

In vehicles, these include closing windows, locking the doors and removing all visible personal and valuable items such as purses, wallets, radios and other valued items from the unattended cars, police said.

Authorities have even seen thefts of garage door openers from vehicles, Palsgrove added. Victims who have seen these items stolen should notify police and change the code to their garage doors or unplug the receivers.

At home, residents are encouraged to lock their doors and windows when they are away, Palsgrove said. Other suggestions include leaving a light or radio on, installing an alarm system or installing motion sensing lights around the outside of the home.

Pin locks, which are available at local home improvement stores) are also helpful in securing sliding glass doors, police said.

Anyone who has any information about the crimes or thinks they were a victim can call Morgan Hill police at (408) 779-2101.

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10 comments:

  • thermopylae posted at 9:56 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    thermopylae Posts: 41

    Of course the city lets criminals go. The Morgan Hill city council considers criminals a protected class. In their eyes the only right we have is to be a victim. And I am sure they will find a way to tax that.


    This is life in a sanctuary city.

     
  • lniebla posted at 3:44 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    lniebla Posts: 2

    YES!! Those darn pop ups are driving me crazy.. what is that about??

     
  • Stacy posted at 1:49 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Stacy Posts: 2

    ParadisePark area is where my friends were robbed yesterday afternoon, LOCK everything up and don't think because you own a dog it's a detterent- they did.............and still got ripped off : (

     
  • rouge posted at 1:47 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    rouge Posts: 3

    is anyone else feed up with the adds popping up on the articles

     
  • Calle posted at 12:12 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Calle Posts: 64

    Cuat: how do we know? We see them, hear them and often times smell their pot smoke. Yes we call the Police but they are often times too busy else where to respond in a timely manner.

    Why no arrests? You will have to talk to MHPD about that. I have cought one 12ish kid spray painting a car and he was kicked loose by the responding officer. Why? Thousands of dollars damage to a new car! We were told to call our insurance company to take care of it while the kid gets off Scott free.

    Early this morning, 2:40AM, kids were running around in the park at paradise valley. Do we need to ENTERTAIN them? No, I would say parents need to control them.

     
  • hypocrisyhater posted at 10:04 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    hypocrisyhater Posts: 234

    "...residents are encouraged to lock their doors and windows when they are away, Palsgrove said. Other suggestions include leaving a light or radio on, installing an alarm system or installing motion sensing lights around the outside of the home.

    Pin locks, which are available at local home improvement stores) are also helpful in securing sliding glass doors, police said."

    Obviously...the cops aren't going to say this...but a firearm also acts as an excellent deterrent to home invasion.

     
  • raddler posted at 9:38 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    raddler Posts: 62

    Go to the pound and get a dog if you can,two problems solved.

     
  • cuatthemhtimes posted at 9:26 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    cuatthemhtimes Posts: 5

    How do you know they were young kids? Was there any arrests? It seems to me that kids are a target for everything in this city. This city should stop opening up the bar businesses and spend more on entertainment for the kids. I question if you know the kids are hanging out at the park do your duty as the neighborhood watch and call the police. Actions speak louder than words. You seem to have so much information but, yet no arrests. Why is this?

     
  • Calle posted at 5:01 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Calle Posts: 64

    Our area has been hit buy the annual vandalism spree perpetrated by 10-15 year olds in the area of Paradise valley school. Last July 5 we counted 78 tires slashed near our home and I'm quite sure there were many more. 78 tires times say $125 per tire....that adds up.

    Why are these young kids out after 10PM and sometimes near 4AM? They use the park as a gathering and hiding place and go on here wilds with spray paint, shaving cream and glass cutters. The kids seem to be craftier than the Police as the same group of kids ave been at ths for three or more years.

     
  • SanMartinMom posted at 3:44 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    SanMartinMom Posts: 18

    "Plus, detectives typically see a surge in property crimes in the summer months.
    “It’s warmer, and people are out later,” Palsgrove said...." Plus...kids are out of school and bored - darned juvies - bring back summer school!

     
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