Home Burglaries on the rise in San Bruno; We all need to take precautions

South San Francisco, CA   January 24, 2014
 

We have heard there have been 35 recent home burglaries in San Bruno and San Bruno PD have issued this PRESS RELEASE below. This has also been shared by San Mateo Co. Please share this information with others so we can protect our families, neighbors, homes, neighborhoods & city.

Police Warning Residents of Recent Burglaries

The San Bruno Police Department wants to inform residents of a recent increase in residential burglaries in San Bruno. The crimes are not specific to one neighborhood and have occurred at homes in different areas of the City. Investigators are continuing to work on apprehending those responsible for these crimes, and have partnered with investigators in other jurisdictions in San Mateo County that have also experienced a recent increase in these crimes.

SUBJECT: Residential Burglaries

The San Bruno Police Department wants to inform residents of a recent increase in residential burglaries in San Bruno. The crimes are not specific to one neighborhood and have occurred at homes in different areas of the City. Investigators are continuing to work on apprehending those responsible for these crimes, and have partnered with investigators in other jurisdictions in San Mateo County that have also experienced a recent increase in these crimes.

The Department is asking for the public’s help in reporting any suspicious activity to police. Oftentimes, the suspects will knock on the door to see if anyone is home. If there is no answer at the door, the suspects will check the perimeter of the victim’s home for unlocked doors or windows, or locate a door or window out of sight from the street to force entry into the home. Usually, there will be an additional suspect in a car near the home.

If someone does answer the door, the individual will come up with a ruse to explain their presence and then leave. They may pose as service people, sales people, ask for directions, or claim they are looking for a friend and have the wrong address.

Police are asking residents to call 9-1-1 if they witness this type of activity or see any other type of suspicious activity occur in their neighborhood. Residents are also asked to write detailed descriptions on any suspicious individuals and associated cars and provide this information to police.

SAFETY TIPS:

• Suspects generally choose unoccupied homes to burglarize. If someone you don’t know knocks on your door, answer through the door without opening it. Let the person know you are at home and ask what they want. Report any suspicious activity to the police via 9-1-1.
• Lock all of your doors and windows when you leave your residence, even if you are gone for a short time.
• All types of security measures help. A dog, alarm systems, surveillance cameras, and lighting add one more layer of security to deter burglars.
• Engrave an identifying mark on valuable items that do not have a serial number to identify at a later date.
• Take close-up photographs of jewelry and other valuable items.
• Prepare a personal property inventory of valuable items, including serial numbers.

REMEMBER:

• Alert neighbors are essential to assisting the police with the apprehension of these criminals. Alert neighbors are responsible for the majority of arrests made in these types of incidents.
• If you see suspicious persons, crimes in progress, or anything that appears to be out of the norm for your neighborhood, contact your police department via 9-1-1.
• Attempt to gain a description of the person(s) and vehicle involved, including the color, year, make, model, and license plate number.

Anyone with information related to the recent burglaries is asked to call the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100.

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Of course South City residents should call 911 if they have concerns in real time. If there is something that needs to be reported that is not an emergency please call SSFPD 877-8900 or  Anonymous Tipline: 952-2244

We also would like to thank our  neighbor near Sign Hill for sharing her experience from today around 5pm of the 2 unknown men on her block. While she didn’t want her name disclosed she did want our residents to be aware because of the rash of burglaries happening in San Bruno.

“‘I have something to report. I live in the sign Hill neighborhood behind parkway middle school. A young, talk black male wearing an orange sweatshirt just came to my door not more than 45 minutes ago stating that he was trying to sell magazines. He had no paperwork with him to indicate that he was selling magazines. I told him I was not interested yet he wanted to shake my hand which I declined. At that moment my husband drove up and he witnessed another young black male wearing a beige coat and cap across the street waiting for him. With the rash in burglaries in San Bruno, I think residents need to hear this information”

 

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