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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Monday June 14th, 2010 :: 05:59 p.m. PDT


SMPD has a Public Safety Message for you regarding vehicle break-ins in your area (SR92 to 27th Ave./Alameda to SR82)

This ‘Community Alert' is being sent to you by The Public Information Office of the San Mateo Police Department. We at the SMPD take pride in alerting our community partners about activities and current events relevant to neighborhood incidents.

PIO Lieutenant Mike Brunicardi
PIO Sergeant Dave Norris
200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403
650-522-7626 (Sgt. Norris)


June 14th, 2010

Overnight on June 3rd to June 4th, the area just west of El Camino between 22nd and 27th Avenues was affected by 7 vehicle burglaries. In one of these cases, the vehicle burglars appear to have used a garage door opener to access the victim’s garage area as well.

On the 29th of May, in the early morning hours, Patrol Officers arrested two vehicle burglars in the area of 20th Ave. and O’Farrell St. (spotted by an alert community member in the area and called-in). These burglars were also in possession of a stolen garage door opener. Four similar burglaries of vehicles occurred up the street at 1919 Alameda de las Pulgas just hours before.

A number of thefts from vehicles and vehicle burglaries occur in San Mateo every month. Many of these thefts are “Thefts from Vehicles”, meaning that the suspect gained access to an unsecured vehicle and stole items.

SMPD Officers are well aware of this trend, and are active on a regular basis in saturating areas of high crime activity. Several suspects have been caught in recent months, through proactive police work, outstanding detective work, and the cooperation and collaboration of Neighborhood Watch and other vigilant community members.

SMPD would like to remind our community members to take the following precautions:

Vehicle Safety:
• Be sure to lock all doors and windows of your vehicles
• Make a regular practice of taking your garage door with you when you leave your vehicle.
• Remove any valuables from your vehicle
• If you have to keep valuables in your vehicle, lock them in the trunk
• Mark your valuables with your Drivers License number
• Park your vehicles in well lighted areas

The San Mateo Police Department needs the community's ongoing assistance in solving crimes.

Please continue to use 911 to report any incident that represents an immediate risk to yourself or any member of the public.

For all other cases, please note the following phone numbers:

• San Mateo Police Dispatch - 650.522.7700
• San Mateo Police Investigations - 650.522.7650
• Text a Tip via - 650.262.3473
• Email a Tip via -
• SMPD Secret Witness Line - 650.522.7676

Also – Please stay tuned for announcements coming soon which will provide you, our community partner, with valuable online, mobile, and email tools to better inform you of public safety issues and provide you with up-to-date crime information in your area!


Please help us make your neighborhood safer and take a stand against crime. Please report all criminal behavior, join a neighborhood watch program, and help anyone that might fall victim to a crime. If a Neighborhood Watch doesn’t exist on your block, you can start one with help from SMPD. For additional information about the City of San Mateo Neighborhood Watch Program, call Sergeant Dave Norris at (650)522-7626 or visit our web

San Mateo, CA Police Department
200 Franklin Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94403

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-522-7700

David Norris
Support Services

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