Crime on the rise in Los Altos

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With crime rising in Los Altos, residents concerned with existing or potential danger in their neighborhoods can participate in the local Neighborhood Watch program, advertised above. According to the Los Altos Police Department’s website, watch groups have “block captains” to connect neighbors and the police department and to share prevention tips and information on crime trends.

As June comes to a close and the city settles into summer, police database records reveal that Los Altos’ trend of experiencing more property crimes than days in the year continues.

On day 169 of this year (Monday, the Town Crier’s press deadline), authorities disclosed 223 total property crimes. That comes out to 1.3 property crimes per day.

4 enforcement agencies involved in burglary bust

After months of investigation, the Mountain View Police Department last week led an effort to arrest three suspects allegedly involved in several auto burglaries in the South Bay, when they learned the men were within city limits, according to a press release.

Alongside the Los Altos Police Department, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain View Police Department detectives took Marcus Anigilaje, 39, of Oakland, Troy Collins, 25, of Sacramento and Paul Edwards, 29, of Oakland into custody June 18.

MVPD nabs suspect in indecent exposure case

Mountain View Police seek additional victims of a man suspected of exposing himself to a runner on the Stevens Creek Trail earlier this month.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. June 12, a woman running northbound on the trail near Central Avenue saw a man – later identified as 38-year-old Erich Eminhizer – step out from the bushes, according to a Mountain View Police press release issued last week. The victim was unsure of what Eminhizer was doing at the time, so she continued running, the release said. After a short distance, she felt nervous and turned around. That’s when she spotted Eminhizer, who had been walking slightly behind her, the release reported. As the woman approached him, Eminhizer allegedly pulled his shorts aside and exposed himself, the victim said.

Public-private partnership: Nonprofit agency helps law enforcement track sex traffickers, protect local victims

A high school girl who got in a car to run away with the man she thought loved her. A young tech worker who lived in fear her abusive ex-boyfriend would continue to stalk her. A child likely missing whose sister was previously pushed into a form of slavery.

Their stories are unique but share a central theme: They are victims of sex trafficking across the Bay Area that Special Operations aims to help.

Police Blotter: residents assist in arrest

LAH residents help nab burglary suspect

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office credits Los Altos Hills’ “diligently alert and aware community” with helping apprehend a potential burglar earlier this month.

Multiple residents called the Sheriff’s Office June 6 to report a man knocking on multiple front doors in the Wildcrest Drive area, said Capt. Rich Urena. A patrol deputy responding to the scene observed the suspect’s vehicle fail to observe a stop sign nearby at the intersection of Robleda and Chapin roads and pulled him over.

Mountain View PD's latest collision report reveals most dangerous intersections in city

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The El Camino Real-Grant Road intersection is among the most dangerous in Mountain View.

At least 169 traffic collisions took place in Mountain View during the first quarter of the year, a drop from the 187 tallied during the last quarter of 2018, according to the latest quarterly collision reports published on the police department’s website as part of a traffic safety awareness initiative that commenced in June 2018.

“We’re doubling the effort, for those who are interested in traffic data, to be able to access the information easily,” said Frank St. Clair, traffic lieutenant. “It is good public information to share, and as such, we wanted to make sure that our community (is) as informed as possible when they head out on the road.”

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