One of our Barron Square neighbors recently suffered the loss of a package which had been delivered to his door. Despite the fact that the entrance to their unit was upstairs in the rear of the building, the thief calmly walked back and took the package. The video of the theft suggested the same person who had been seen taking packages from other Palo Alto residences. One Midtown home was reported on NextDoor to have been hit by the same thief twice within three hours. The increase in online holiday shopping has made this a lucrative endeavor.
Vigilance is the price of liberty. And also of security!
The Board will be asked to consider additional security measures for Barron Square. You may want to consider installation of a home security camera like a Ring doorbell or Nest camera (NOTE: Architectural approval is required).
We urge our neighbors to take action if you observe any suspicious person(s) within Barron Square. It is left up to you whether you choose to question the person’s intentions directly or call the Palo Alto police department, depending on your level of suspicion. But please do not simply ignore it.
The Palo Alto Police Department published the following suggestions last year…
Shopping Online This Holiday Season? See Our Tips to Prevent Package Theft!
Be sure to read and share these tips to ensure your packages aren’t stolen off of your front porch.
This is a great time of year to get to know your neighbors and encourage them to keep eye out for suspicious behavior. Please call our 24-hour dispatch center at 9-1-1 or 650-329-2413 to report suspicious activity immediately.
If you’ve become the victim of a package theft, please give us a call at 650-329-2413.
For a full list of crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/StopCrime.