Thieves on the march in SLO

January 29, 2016

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San Luis Obispo police say there has been a recent rise in thefts and burglaries in the city.

The police department has received more than 400 reports of “theft-related incidents” since Dec. 1, according to a SLOPD news release. The incidents include vehicle and residential burglaries, and a majority of the cases have involved unlocked vehicles or unlocked homes.

SLOPD is stepping up citywide patrols, as well as public education about the importance of locking vehicles and homes and removing valuables or placing them out of sight. As part of the education campaign, San Luis Obispo police have placed an electronic message board by Santa Rosa Park that reminds residents to “lock up.”

Police have also conducted on-campus campaigns at Cal Poly and Cuesta College. In addition to locking doors and windows and keeping valuables out of sight, officers say residents should call the police department if they see something suspicious.

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Recent reports have shown the City of SLO to have some of the highest paid police officers in the state, yet they can’t catch an Ipod thief. Congratulations guys you’re all doing so well!

The numbers from the records system do not seem to support this claim. I am waiting for verification from SLOPD on the specifics of the delay from the dispatch database to the records database but it appears that thefts have actually been dropping significantly. A theft related call is not necessarily a theft.

So before you let this reinforce your perception that things are going to hell, keep in mind that crime has been dropping DRAMATICALLY and is at a level not seen since the late 1960s. I suspect that this is a part of a requirement to obtain federal grant money which i used to fund some department overtime,

It’s a matter of numbers. There’ve always been thieves in mankind’s pool of members. The lazy, greedy, and mentally ill, with distorted concepts. SLO is facing a numbers problem with lots of new members constantly arriving from places less desirable.

Certainly we have some folks who are naive, but crimes are the result of bad humans.

What to do? Common sense says reduce your ‘victim’ profile. Lock doors, limit displaying your goodies, and work on developing some good judgement.

Police are in very limited numbers and rely upon normal people to report suspicious activity. Repress your urges to ignore something, and call the cops.