Tired of burglars, North Vallejo neighborhood gets together to fight back

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Jan 28, 2013
 
Tired of burglars, North Vallejo neighborhood gets together to fight back
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_22464570/...

Getting doors slammed on her face, and the occasional curses did not stop a Vallejo woman from making a difference in her North Vallejo neighborhood.

After knocking on neighbors' doors since 2009, Tina Encarnacion finally received support after her neighborhood, Carriage Oaks, became a haven for burglars.

Encarnacion said that since September break ins and burglaries have spiked.

"We are hit two to three times a week," the mother of three said.

The burglars target empty homes during weekdays, when most residents are at work, Vallejo police said.

Encarnacion said burglars had broken into her garage once four years ago, right after she and her family moved in.

"That was the start," she said of her efforts.

Since then she hasn't stopped, including producing regular newsletters for everyone in the eight-block neighborhood.

A neighbor who has lived in the area for more than a decade said many people were hesitant to speak up and stand up out of fear of becoming a target.

However, people are becoming tired of being prisoners in their own homes and have joined Encarnacion's efforts.

"Without Tina, this can never happen," one neighbor said.

The neighborhood watch has grown from 20 to almost 100 members in the past couple of months, Encarnacion said.

Earlier this month, the group met with Vallejo police Chief Joseph Kreins and Mayor Osby Davis, as well as a Vallejo police captain and lieutenant.

"They have been very supportive and understanding," Encarnacion said.

Since the meeting, extra patrols have been assigned to the neighborhood, depending on the day's call volume, Lt. John Whitney said.

"It's only a temporary fix," Whitney said. "But we are going to support their effort as much as we can."

The burglars are usually juveniles who live in nearby neighborhoods, even though a few have come from Richmond, he said. They also tend to work in groups, he added.

"They are getting more sophisticated," Whitney said. "They have lookouts, use cellphones or two-way radios."

Usually the burglars will knock on a door to check if someone is home. When a resident answers the door, they then would have a bogus excuse for knocking, Whitney said.

However, after they determined that no one was home, they would go around to a side door and kick it in, or break a window to enter.

Even when the home has an alarm system, burglars know they have a window of time before the police arrived.

"They get in, ransack the home, and get out quickly," Whitney said.

Residents should always make sure that their homes look occupied, he added. Rather than answering the door, Whitney recommended making their presence noticed instead, by slamming a door a couple of times, switching a few lights on to show that someone is home, or just talking through the door.

In any case, "don't just sit inside quietly," he said.

Encarnacion said there have been instances when residents have walked into people breaking into their homes. In all of those cases, the suspects have fled.

"I'm afraid someone is going to get hurt... I'm concerned it's going to get worse," Encarnacion said.

Since the issue has become rampant, the neighborhood watch group has decided to become more proactive. The efforts include taking turns patrolling the streets between noon and 8 p.m. by walking or driving around, getting to know neighbors during a monthly meeting, and establishing a phone tree and a website to quickly alert neighbors of suspicious activities.

In February, the neighborhood will hold a "Light up the street" campaign to ask everyone to turn on their porch lights from dusk until dawn.

Whitney also recommended homeowners install motion-sensor lights.
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we have a coon problem. we are selling our house to an investor and moving out of state. i can't stand living like this!
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If you're home when one of these filthy zoo animals knock on your door sit quietly with your shotgun and wait until they crawl inside then send them to a better place.
the great society

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Wanglow wrote:
If you're home when one of these filthy zoo animals knock on your door sit quietly with your shotgun and wait until they crawl inside then send them to a better place.
i would also advise keeping a replica pistol to plant in the burglar's hand. sadly, even with this scenario of a thug breaking into your home, there will be outrage from his family. "why you shoot my baby?!!" wwwaaaiiiillllllllll!
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Wanglow wrote:
If you're home when one of these filthy zoo animals knock on your door sit quietly with your shotgun and wait until they crawl inside then send them to a better place.
Cousin you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Jan 28, 2013
 
You can leave the blinds open and a purse in plain sight if the spirit moves you. They seem to like iphones.
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Jan 28, 2013
 
How about an open garage with something shiny visible? Blow their brains into the sheetrock when you confront them and they start reaching for the replica pistol. I am reading accounts from all over about the replica pistol tactic to avoid the weapons enhancement charge if caught.
enough is enough

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Jan 28, 2013
 
A family friend who is a single woman had this exact thing happen. The Luckys area by the way. Three young blacks knocked on the door so she sat and waited. They went around back and she called Vallejo PD and was told it would be about 90 minutes. The kids tried the door, and the window. So she yelled and luckily they left. We told her next time just call us. We will even dig the hole.
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enough is enough wrote:
A family friend who is a single woman had this exact thing happen. The Luckys area by the way. Three young blacks knocked on the door so she sat and waited. They went around back and she called Vallejo PD and was told it would be about 90 minutes. The kids tried the door, and the window. So she yelled and luckily they left. We told her next time just call us. We will even dig the hole.
Ladies and gentelmen, this is damn scary! A crime in progress, lives in danger, and the homeowner was given a number and a time estimate? Wrong!! While we wait for Gomes and her crowd to bring us more police like they said they would after Measure A passed, we are in grave danger!! Fcku Gomes, Brown, McConnell, and Sampayan! We need more police NOW!!
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Council Owns This NOW wrote:
<quoted text>Ladies and gentelmen, this is damn scary! A crime in progress, lives in danger, and the homeowner was given a number and a time estimate? Wrong!! While we wait for Gomes and her crowd to bring us more police like they said they would after Measure A passed, we are in grave danger!! Fcku Gomes, Brown, McConnell, and Sampayan! We need more police NOW!!
Might have gotten that wrong. It WAS 90 minutes later that the PD showed up. Not sure if she was given an actual time estimate. But the point is that she was alone in the house! Could have been raped, murdered, or at the very least robbed. Enough is enough.
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Wanglow wrote:
If you're home when one of these filthy zoo animals knock on your door sit quietly with your shotgun and wait until they crawl inside then send them to a better place.
If that happened more often, I guarantee you we would see less break ins. We need to see more stories like that in the paper.
sam obese Cheetoh eater

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Jan 28, 2013
 
According reports there was a short fat orange person breaking windows and grabbing cheetos.
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Another good tactic would be to distribute poisoned marijuana, crack and meth around Vallejo. Better yet REQUIRE ALL welfare recipients to pass a drug test or be removed from the roles, of course the democRATS who use low-iq poor people as their lever against decent people and who totaly control (and have controled for fifty years) the Ca legislature would NEVER let this happen. It's a war out there and the enemy is easily identified. If you are convicted of a crime you should have a chip implanted in your head so that good people can keep an eye on your sorry ass.
JOSEY

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Jan 28, 2013
 
The Mayor has to address this crap!

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