Palo Alto Police to Discuss Recent Crime Trends at Community Meeting

By Bay City News

The Palo Alto Police Department is hosting a community meeting Tuesday on crime trends in the city, including a recent increase in auto burglaries.

Detectives from the department plan to review current crime statistics and discuss incidents such as a Jan. 23 armed home invasion robbery, street robberies, residential burglaries and the spike in auto burglaries, police Lt. Zach Perron said.   (In the home invasion robbery, three men forced their way into a house in the 400 block of Palo Alto Avenue and forced the residents, a couple in their 80s, to lie on the floor as they ransacked the residence.)

Police will also provide an overview of how the department responds to such crimes, the criminal investigation process, how to report suspicious behavior to police, and specific tips on how to prevent crime.

Ken Dueker, director of the city's Office of Emergency Services, will speak about the city's emergency services volunteer program and how residents can combat crime in their neighborhoods, police said.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Palo Alto City Council chambers at 250 Hamilton Ave. Free parking is available beneath City Hall.

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