Police Blotter - San Jose Mercury News

Police Blotter - San Jose Mercury News

There are 9 comments on the www.mercurynews.com story from Jun 4, 2008, titled Police Blotter - San Jose Mercury News. In it, www.mercurynews.com reports that:

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1208 E. Arques Ave., 11:06 a.m. May 26 A computer at a business was stolen.

1395 Hollenbeck Ave., 8:53 a.m. May 27 A school, church and insurance company were tagged.

100 block of Carroll Street, 11:55 a.m. May 27 A residence was burglarized.

1000 block of Tasman Drive, 6:43 p.m. May 27 A purse snatching was reported.

600 block of Arcadia Terrace, 8:08 p.m. May 27 Someone with a baseball bat smashed the windows of a vehicle.

1400-1500 blocks of Bedford Avenue, May 28 Four vehicles were burglarized.

1095 W. El Camino Real, 10:49 a.m. May 28 A vehicle at Sunnyvale-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge was stolen.

700 block of East Evelyn Avenue, 11:35 a.m. May 28 Someone shattered the front and rear windows of a vehicle.

1000 block of Burntwood Avenue, 6:55 p.m. May 28 A laptop computer was stolen.

1010 S. Wolfe Road, 2:58 a.m. May 29 A business was burglarized.

900 block of Blazingwood Drive, 10:07 a.m. May 29 A vehicle was stolen.

650 E. El Camino Real, 7:59 a.m. May 30 A cash drawer in an office was stolen.

1600 block of Queen Charlotte Drive, 4:01 p.m. May 31 Four cameras in a storage room were stolen.

1200 block of Torrance Avenue, 12:01 a.m. June 1 A white 1994 Acura was stolen.

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Since: Oct 07

San Jose, CA

#1 Jun 4, 2008
Sunnyvale's incidents are now being posted online - http://www.crimereports.com .

Since: Apr 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Jun 4, 2008
I saw that the other day. It's nice to see the city taking more positive steps to report activity!

Since: Oct 07

San Jose, CA

#3 Jun 4, 2008
When I saw Palo Alto using this, about six months ago I think, I dropped a note to the Sunnyvale Public Safety community relations officer saying "this seems to be a good thing, we should do the same". I didn't get a response. Either they listened to me, or (much more likely) it was already in the works back then, and they wouldn't comment on it until it was fully implemented and they were ready to announce it.

One interesting detail I noticed - a bunch of incidents reported right at the Public Safety headquarters. I doubt that there are thefts and sexual offenses happening right outside the police station. So there must be some sort of default "no location given, so report it at the headquarters" thing going on.

Since: Apr 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#4 Jun 4, 2008
I've had a long running informal debate with one of the admins regarding the seemingly unwillingness of the department to share information. He had mentioned there were some changes in the works, I thought he was just blowing sunshine up my kiester. Although, it still doesn't look like a complete snap shot of the activity. There were some vehicle break-ins and vandalism in my neighborhood within the past couple of weeks that didn't make the printed blotter or on-line.

Reports default to DPS HQ for self-surrender warrant arrests, reports taken over the phone by the desk officer or for little things like found property...where the exact location may not be known.

Since: Oct 07

San Jose, CA

#5 Jun 4, 2008
Not making the printed blotter isn't unusual. It's a select few of the reported incidents, at least according to what a local newspaper editor told me. Not making the online list is another matter.

I'm going off of memory (my police stats sheet is packed away somewhere), but I recall there being a total of 2000 or so incidents of any type last year. That's about 76 incidents in any two week period. If I look at all of Sunnyvale on that web site (which displays a two-week period), that would seem to be around that many incidents. So I have to believe that a significant percentage of the incidents are there, if not all of them. But obviously, I can't say that with any certainty.

But I was told by a DPS officer that like pretty much every municipality in the area, Sunnyvale has seen a surge in vehicle-related crimes in the past year, mostly break-ins for laptops and GPS devices, but also vehicle thefts. It'll be interesting to see the new 2007 stats, which should be out shortly, if they're not already out (2006's were released in May 2007).

Since: Apr 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#6 Jun 5, 2008
2000 seems like a low number. I was issued a 4000 series case number a couple of years ago. If they had 4000 written reports up that point, that means there were a lot more "incidents" where no report was taken. My recollection on CORI/CJIC/DOJ/etc. laws isn't that great nowadays, but perhaps the on-line reporting reflects whats reported on the Uniform Crime Report, the "required" numbers.

Since: Oct 07

San Jose, CA

#7 Jun 6, 2008
Kawi wrote:
My recollection on CORI/CJIC/DOJ/etc. laws isn't that great nowadays, but perhaps the on-line reporting reflects whats reported on the Uniform Crime Report, the "required" numbers.
I found the Sunnyvale crime statistics page online, somewhat coincidentally: http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/Public+Sa... . It's the same information that I've been basing all of my crime-related comments on. It quotes 2800 incidents in 2006. These numbers work out to one violent crime every two days in Sunnyvale, and seven other crimes per day.

I saw another sheet somewhere that said per capita, Santa Clara is 50% higher than Sunnyvale, and Mountain View is twice Sunnyvale's rate. Can't find it on that page, though.

Since: Apr 07

Sunnyvale, CA

#9 Jun 7, 2008
Reporting crime stats is the "same old D.P.S. BS"???...or are you implying something else?
Suzy B

Fairfield, CA

#12 Jun 18, 2012
I use to live on Queen Charlotte... Really bad neighborhood in the 90s.. And when I left there were a group of Filipinos and Samoans that moved into the neighborhood. How is it now?

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