Got Safety FUD? Do you feel a little fear, uncertainty and doubt about living safely in the hills? These sentiments are often expressed by Montclarions who have experienced home break-ins, and are starting to be shared by their neighbors.
What we do know is there’s been a crime wave in the hills. Since the perpetrators aren’t visible and ready to catch, our Oakland Police aren’t going to come running – there’s no threat to life and limb. Let’s review a typical Montclair story, as reported through Montclair Safety’s Yahoo Board:
The police never responded to the call. They got the first call right as the break in happened from the alarm company around 1:30 pm. They got another call about 30 min. later from the alarm company. I phoned them from the driveway 45 min later, when I discovered the shattered door, and did not want to go in alone. I waited one hour, called again, then called my mom to come help me enter the home with a buddy. At 7 pm, when the police still had not arrived, I phoned to cancel the 911 call.
Should you throw up your hands? That’s a typical reaction when your home has been burglarized and no police show up – whether your worldly possessions are intact or gone forever. Still you should call in all hits, because keeping track of the activities enables police officers to connect the dots.
What if there are strangers around? This is so tricky, really. One Monday-morning quarterback wondered if he should have called the police department when he saw suspicious folks, after learning they were likely perpetrators later that day. It’s quite hard to know what to do.
Should you get armed? Well, you may exercise your Fourth Amendment rights and own a gun. Keep in mind that most of our hills crimes happen when you aren’t at home. Maybe an alarm, more crime-resistance door or dog would come in handy.
What’s apparent is that fears, uncertainties and doubts are rising lately. These feelings are not only due to the crime wave but also the likely evisceration of the Oakland Police Department, to close our city’s budget gap. While we won’t get 100% abandoned, more discussions about private security are starting to come up.
If you are concerned and curious, then pencil in the upcoming Montclair SIC Community Meeting: June 3rd, from 7-9pm, at the Montclair Rec Center (map). You’ll be able to hear from Area 1 Commander Captain Anthony Toribio and Beat 13Z Problem Solving Officer (PSO) Maureen Vergara. Neighborhood Community Supervisor Jacque Long and Police Service Technician Eddie Smith will also be on hand.
At the very least, maybe some of your Safety FUD will dissipate.
More info: KTVU Channel 2 aired a news report about the Montclair District’s crime wave – click here.