Sheriff's rep: LAH 'safest town' in the region

Los Altos Hills tallied just two assaults last year: one at a wedding and one involving a tow-truck driver who may or may not have pushed a resident.

And that’s the extent of the town’s “violent crime” in 2017, said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rich Urena during a presentation to the city council Thursday.

“In my opinion, I think we’re the safest town in the region,” Urena said.

Comparing 2016 to 2017, instances of property crime decreased in all but one of the public-safety categories tracked by the office; vehicle burglaries remained the same, numbering four. There were drops in residential burglary (down 43 percent, from 28 to 16); commercial burglary (down 100 percent, from two to zero); grand theft (down 33 percent, from nine to six); auto theft (down 100 percent, from one to zero); and identity theft (down 40 percent, from 45 to 27).

A map revealing the locations of Los Altos Hills’ 16 residential burglaries of the year shows a concentration of hits sandwiched between Interstate 280 and Foothill Expressway near Arastradero Road.

Urena surmised crooks prefer targets that allow for quick exits compared to ones located off narrow, winding roads tucked into the hills.

The majority (six) of Los Altos Hills’ 2017 residential burglaries occurred on Mondays, and none took place over the weekend, according to the presentation. The time frames between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. saw the most action, each amounting to 31 percent of the instances.

Unlocked windows and doors aided crooks in a whopping 43 percent of all local residential break-ins, according to the report.

“That’s a significant number we’d like to see reduced,” Urena said.


To view the entire report – including information on traffic infractions – visit

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