Burglary Prevention Tip from Pleasanton Police

Pleasanton Police want you to yell through the door and tell potential burglars you are not interested.

Submitted by: Pleasanton Police Department

Unexpected knock at the door? DON'T ignore them…Burglars will often knock on many doors before breaking into a home.

While we don't want you to open the door, we DO want you to yell through the door and tell the person that you aren't interested. Tell your children to do the same thing. Then get to your phone and call the Pleasanton Police Department to notify us of the suspicious activity (non-emergency number 931-5100). This could be a burglar looking for an unoccupied home.

If you don't acknowledge the door, you could find the suspicious person at the back of your house within just a couple minutes. Someone at your door asking for an unknown or fictitious person is a big RED FLAG. Rely on your instincts. You have the best idea of who should and shouldn’t be in your neighborhood and whether you are expecting someone or not.

Don't talk yourself out of calling the police or try to justify why they might belong there. We continue to ask that you be alert and be on the look out for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood.

Be Aware and be Safe!

For more crime prevention tips log onto www.pleasantonpd.org.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Editor's Note:

Check the following articles for more information about recent burglaries in Pleasanton and solicitors in Dublin.

What do you think about the recent burglaries in Pleasanton? Have you changed any of your habits around your home after learning about the burglaries. Do we have a problem in Pleasanton? Tell us in the comments section below.


Michael Austin October 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM
There is a neighborhood watch sign about a quarter mile north of my residence. I have never heard of any discussion or activity about the neighborhood watch program in my neighborhood. I recomend that everyone secure there back yard gates with latches, with a nut and bolt through the hasp. I did this nearly twelve years ago and eliminated a peeping tom, and discouraged two potential burglaries. When the first crook could not get through my gate, he went to the neighbors back yard and tried to get in through the ground level bathroom window. The police were called and they caught him. The second crook tried my gate and when he could not get in, he went to the same neighbors back yard. They were out of down, I yelled out at him and he left the area.
Mike from Pleasanton October 24, 2012 at 02:52 PM
A Pleasanton ban on door-to-door solicitation is long overdue. It has become a well known home robbery M.O. And when was the last time a legitimate solicitor (and yes, the political pushers and Witness folks are soliciting too) came by and afterwards you thought, "Ya, I'm really glad that person came to my door."...
Monika Harris October 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I think BART is partially to blame with the undesirable people that come out this way ..getting a " Beware of Dog " sign posted on your fence can also be a deterant ...
Mary October 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You're right, a person does have a sense of who does and doesnt belong, it's instinctive, yet, when i called the police department about a suspicion i had on a man at our door, i got, "he has every right to be at your door" from the dispatcher. Once i opened the door because it was a young woman, she started talking and then put her foot into the house, i was able to close the door quickly, my 83 year old mother wouldnt have been so lucky, i'm glad i was home. It is time to ban door to door solicitations. If i want something, i go out to get it or make donations of our choice.
Mary October 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
i have to add: a man was going door to door, he stopped at the neighbors across the street, i was watching from my window, my neighbor must have gone to get something after opening the door, he poked his head in scanning around, no solicitation signs in our neighborhood have been pulled off, and yet, these people "have every right to be at our door". Wish i were a 200 pound tattooed body builder with a penchant for Harleys at times like this.
david October 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You are so right, BART, is the escape vehicle of choice for these burglars. Just the other day I saw two BART passengers carrying iphones, ipads, a big screen TV, desktop computer and a bag of jewelry as they travelled West.
Mike from Pleasanton October 25, 2012 at 05:24 PM
For those of you on the 'BART is BAD' bandwagon, David here is using what's commonly referred to a 'sarcasm' to point out just how fundamentally flawed your Bart blame premise really is.
Monika Harris October 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Hey Mike from Pleasanton, Look, I was born and raised in Pleasanton and still live here....Pleasanton was such a great little town at one time .....you could even leave your doors unlocked ....gone are the days....it's such a huge bummer....of course every town has it's issues , but when BART started running , more and more undesirable people saw it as an easy opportunity ......if you think for one moment that BART DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS , then you sir have a screw loose....
Mike from Pleasanton October 26, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Monika, I've lived here my whole life too (46 years) so I know the town you're talking about (even worked for Jay at the fair for quite a few years when I was a kid - if you're a native Harris, you're surely related) but I'm going to have to go with our friend David on this one. The article at issue is about home robberies - and no, those folks are not likely hoofing their loot all over town and then escaping on the Bart train. That said, I'm sure the PPD would be more convincing than me, maybe you can ask them about your theory and get their take on it.
Monika Harris October 26, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Mike from Pleasanton, Believe me I've talked to the Pleasanton PD , as well as my parents and their neighbors ....just recently , there have been 2 cars broken into on the street where they live and also a young kid selling drugs on that very same street .....I'm not saying that EVERY PERSON who takes BART into Pleasanton is a thief ....what I am saying is, it's a hell of a lot easier for the crooks that don't have cars to hop onto BART and arrive in P Town....you might not see them hauling a tv around but expensive phones, IPads etc can easily be hidden and then back to BART they go... Oh, my vehicle was stolen right outside of Kaiser Pleasanton in the daylight ....where did they find it ....Richmond .....the officers that I've talked with , as well as , my parents and neighbors have said that BART is partially responsible and to compare crimes pre BART and POST BART ....a big difference....


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