What's up in the 'hood
by Lauren Forcement
Mail Theft in Willow Glen
In September 2005 a resident in the Curtner area surprised two women in the act of stealing her mail (in the guise of delivering a package. Mail from many surrounding streets was recovered as they fled.
Take precautions. Don't put out mail where it can be seen from the street or yard. Don't put out mail that contains valuables such as checks. Don't let packages be delivered to your doorstep - inform UPS and FedEx not to leave unattended packages, or put out a latched bin so that packages cannot be seen. A little precaution goes a long way toward discouraging thieves.
In July 2005 neighbors are reporting a sharp increase in thefts of opportunity. Many have observed young men walking the neighborhood, peering onto porches and down driveways, and making off with mail packages, children's toys, tools or anything they find. The perps are brash and may enter back yards or open up cars to rifle them.
Neighbors need to
In April 2005 someone stole a new MDX out of a driveway on Marshall between 8:30 and 8:45am. Keys were in the car and the motor running while the owner went back inside for a moment. Police arrived within 5 minutes of the 911 call (quite impressive - they were in the neighborhood!). Anyone with information should call the San Jose police at 3-1-1.
This is a good time to remind everyone to keep your possessions locked up at all times.
April 2005 = There's been a spike in dangerous criminal activity
in neighborhoods close to North Willow Glen. People in North Willow
Glen should be extra alert for signs of trouble, particularly gang-related,
and not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if something suspicious is brewing.
Shooting on Willow Street
At about 8:30pm on March 7, a young man was shot to death at 646 Willow Street (near the intersection with Spencer). According to the police report, he was outside the home when a group of 5-7 men approached, a confrontation ensued and the man was killed. A 16-year-old was subsequently arrested and arraigned for the gang-related murder. Police are looking for more information about the crime.
According to an article in the Willow Glen Resident, the victim was trying to extricate himself from gang involvement, and had recently moved away from East San Jose to the house on Willow.
Gunfire on Jerome
In February 2005 someone fired shots into a back yard on Jerome Street (north of Fuller Avenue), but apparently no one was hit. Police report that the incident may be linked to an instance of gunfire in the Alma neighborhood, and a heat-up of graffiti wars involving a gang based in the Gardner neighborhood.
Thieves on Bicycles
We've gotten reports for a while of thieves on bicycles casing our neighborhood - in particular these guys try car doors, hoping to find an unlocked car they can rifle for cellphones and other valuables. They also look for opportunities to do a home burglary. The latest has been stealing mail packages off a front porch.
They have gotten more bold and persistent in recent weeks. We have had an attempted burglary on Snyder, car break-ins on Marshall, Delmas and other streets, and the mail theft on Coe. Car windows actually get removed, to be stealthy and foil alarms. Some attempts have been foiled by alert neighbors. They happen at any time, not just at night.
Lesson: ALWAYS keep your cars locked. Don't leave them unlocked (or worse still, unlocked and running) even for a moment. Think about clearing out that clutter and garaging your car. Watch for bicyclists that seem out of place or suspicious. If you see something that's not right, CALL IT IN to 911 immediately.
Some words of advice from neighbor Deb Hollis:
Burglary prevention -
Nine out of 10 residential burglaries happen because a door or window
was left unlocked. The following is a list of burglary prevention and
vacation safety tips:
If you suspect criminal activity in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately. Cell phone users should call 408 277-8911 for emergency service. For more information on burglary prevention or to schedule a Neighborhood Watch meeting, call the Community Services Division at (408) 277-4133 to speak with a Crime Prevention Specialist.