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Communal enforcement: Residents help keep crime rates low

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are among the safest cities in California, according to the most current FBI Crime Report.

ValuePenguin – a consumer-data research firm – analyzed the data and in June released a report ranking Los Altos as the seventh-safest midsize city (20,000-50,000 residents) and Los Altos Hills as the sixth-safest small city (5,000-20,000) in the state. The report reviewed 417 cities in the state, based on 2013 FBI data. Data for 2014 has yet to be released. For ValuePenguin’s report, violent crime was weighted at 90 percent, while property crime was weighted at 10 percent.

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Police Blotter

Theft

July 6, 9:36 a.m., 300 block of First Street: An unknown suspect stole a laptop, school supplies and a debit card from an unlocked vehicle.

July 8, 8:57 a.m., 1100 block of Russell Avenue: An unknown suspect stole change and cash from the glove compartment of an unlocked vehicle.

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Trespass

June 30, 2 p.m., Raymundo and Mountain View avenues: A resident reported three to five adult males skateboarding in the creek – posted as the private property of the Santa Clara County Water District. Officers admonished the men and released them at the scene.

Theft

July 4, 10:25 a.m., 1600 block of Ben Roe Drive: A resident noticed mail stuffed into a shrub and contacted the police. Officers collected the documents and located the victims of the mail theft.

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State suspends outdoor burning


Saema Adeeb/Special to the Town Crier
To prevent brush fires such as this grass fire along Interstate 280 in Los Altos in June, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has suspended outdoor residential burning.

In response to dire drought conditions, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection June 29 suspended outdoor residential burning in Santa Clara County until further notice.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property otherwise permitted are allowed as long as the flames don’t present a fire hazard.

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Residential burglaries

June 23, 11:25 a.m., 100 block of Garland Way: An unknown suspect broke through a roll-up garage door and stole two high-end bicycles.

June 26, 10:21 p.m., 1 block of Middlebury Lane: An unknown suspect crawled through a large dog door and stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry.

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Intoxication

June 11, 12:08 a.m., 400 block of Casita Way: Someone anonymously called the police department to report that his friends were smoking marijuana and were about to drive. The subjects left prior to officers’ arrival, and the call was transferred to the Mountain View Police Department based on their reported direction of travel.

“Driving while high is a crime – it’s a DUI – and a lot of people don’t realize that,” Los Altos Police Agent Katie Krauss said. “Calling was a good thing. If you’re going to call because someone is about to drive intoxicated, get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel or destination.”

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Hills residents robbed on golf course


Courtesy of Google Maps
Scene of the robbery

One Los Altos Hills resident suffered a minor injury and another had a $350 golf-range finder stolen by armed robbers on a Pebble Beach golf course June 6.

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