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Recent Increase in Residential and Automobile Burglaries in Albany

Albany Police issue notice about increase in residential and automobile burglaries. Officer said Albany Police does not have enough staff to patrol at night.

11/23/2012: This morning a police patrol car was blocking our driveway.  Officers were across the street taking a report on a car break-in that had happened Thanksgiving eve. 

This is the seventh incident of the same nature I’m aware of on the 1000 block of Talbot Avenue in the past months, our car being involved in two of them.  The very apologetic officer who had come to take our report a few weeks ago had said that Albany Police does not have enough staff to patrol the streets at night.

Therefore, I was very surprised to see three Albany patrol cars and officers posted in front of the Albany Target store for their early opening on Thanksgiving evening!

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Bart Grossman November 25, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Wouldn't it be appropriate for the Albany Police to host some open meetings with the community related to the current crime wave?
D. Mehrten November 25, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Do police patrol much these days (waste of gas)? I thought they usually just come when called, as I always notice their cars parked neatly at the station.
Deborah Longmire November 25, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The headline that caused me to come to this page makes it appear that the Police Department issued an official announcement...misleading Albany Patch! Anyway, I believe that we have a great police department, call them and they are there. True, they cannot be everywhere at all times, and of course we all feel that our area is the most important, because it is all about me stupid. If there were 3 police cars and officers at Target for the opening I'd say they are doing their job! Lots of people up to no good at those openings, Good Job Albany Police Department!!! Keep Target open and safe so us not so wealthy have a place to safely shop.
Catherine (Kate) Rauch November 25, 2012 at 09:07 PM
This story isn't journalism. It's an opinion piece with a headline making it sound like reported journalism. This is scarily unprofessional in my opinion. Maybe it can be changed for accuracy?
Ross Stapleton-Gray November 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It's under the rubric of "Local Voices," and bylined only "Claude"... I certainly took it to be an opinion piece. It would be helpful to know if the headline were mere speculation, or fact; my own impression is that petty property crime is still a measure of the poor economy. Our cars have been broken into just about once every two years, but since the first (the month we moved in... broke the door lock, and ripped out the radio) it's only been rifling through the glove compartment for documents we don't leave in the cars, or change for the meters.
Lizz Bronson November 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The problem with this piece: it is featured on the front page, as if it is a news story, with the blurb that Albany Police issued a statement or said something about less cops on patrol at night, then when you click on the link, there is no story to follow up on the blurb, it is the opinion piece. There is nothing to explain that blurb, and nothing verifying that APD even issued this statement. THAT is one of the things about Albany Patch that seems to have been deteriorating since E. Raguso left. First of all, that statement referring to APD needed to be fact checked, and needed a story written. Period. I don't have a problem with reading what Claude wrote, but the fact that this piece is posted to substitute for a news story is troubling to me as a reader. Lately, since the switch in editors, stories seem to be alot more generic and the coverage is getting very sloppy.
Catherine (Kate) Rauch November 26, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Yes, once you open the story you see the the "local voices" head, but when scanning the home page it appears like a straight news story, and not everyone registers changes when they click open. Plus not everyone knows there's an editorial difference between "local voices" and news (or should be.) I did a double take and it took a few mins to figure out it was opinion, and I'm quite familiar with Patch.
Lizz Bronson November 26, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Secondly, The headline to the piece is very misleading. Again, with a statement like: "Recent Increase in Residential and Automobile Burglaries in Albany" this needs to have better handling not just for the public's right to know, but because of journalistic standards.
Tony Caine November 26, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I think they are rather desperate to put content on their front page that makes it appear they are reporting Albany news. Without this stuff things would look even bleaker than they do now. We have to face facts that a community our size cannot bring in enough revenue to support a quality site dedicated solely to Albany. It was previously subsidized at a great loss to AOL. I am glad we still have a site that provides space for community discussions.
Senior A. Titude November 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I read the Patch now to really make me appreciate Berkeleyside. Just follow Emilie over there. Hopefully, she will be able to incorporate much about Albany as well as Berkeley.
Peter Goodman November 26, 2012 at 05:56 AM
This post has been sidetracked a bit by discussion about Albany Patch itself. You can tell the energy level is down. Post-partum election blues maybe. But Patch Inc doesn't help by flooding the front page with ads, fluff, and non-local-issue links. I honestly can no longer figure out what Patch means to be, and my guess is they can't either. They don't have much time to fix it before we all migrate elsewhere or just stop checking in because there is little of value. More of us could participate, but without an audience what's the point?
hanspeter November 26, 2012 at 07:29 AM
I miss Emilie. This new editor is not ready for prime time.
Peter Goodman November 26, 2012 at 07:46 AM
I check the Patch for my hometown in NJ and another place as well, and those sites are similarly messed up. I'd blame AOL and in a larger sense the problem of running any halfway decent journalistic enterprise on the internet where you have to pay people salaries, manage a lot of information and technology, and satisfy, entertain, and engage readers who, for the most part, are unwilling to pay for anything. I don't know the specifics of AOL, Patch, or Berkeleyside, but you can imagine the difficulties, as well as read lots of discussions (for free!) on the internet about the challenge of journalism today.
Sheri Spellwoman November 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Actually the APD did issue a police alert regarding the increase of residential and automobile burglaries. I saw it mentioned in the Journal, and I looked for it on the Patch and couldn't find it. I thought this was going to be it. Here is a link to it: http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?recordid=2020&page=286
Tatter Salad December 01, 2012 at 08:30 AM
I agree, the Patch needs patching. I recently wrote to them regarding same; you can too. Their feedback crappola can be seen at: http://letsgo.patch.com/word_on_street. "Want to share your own feedback about Patch? Email us at feedback@patch.com." (I began my rant to them with: " The Local Patch is no longer 'local.' It is over-run with non-local self-serving postings that cannot be sorted out by the readers without reading the irrelevant or misleading drivel." I suspect they won't publish it, as all their postings are undated and 'positive.')
Tatter Salad December 01, 2012 at 08:35 AM
The new editor has to pay her rent.
Tatter Salad December 01, 2012 at 08:57 AM
The Chief did publish a blurb: see: http://www.albanyca.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=22002 Simply put: Don't leave keys in the car, or doors unlocked. Don't leave computers, cell phones or purses in plain sight. Don't leave dog treats in a pouch that could look like a purse or camera, or leave any empty case; window replacement is $170.- to $300.- ea; and if they bash one window (for the dog pouch), they may as well bash the passenger window to check the glove compartment too (So don't leave anything really valuble in the glove compartment; particularly in cars worth over $20k). Parking towards the end of long dead-end streets or parking lots is a good place to park your vehicle if you want it broken into, such as the Bulb or Pt. Isabelle at dusk. Some vehicles have locks that lack creativity in there design and some of these vehicles are more attractive to theives because parts are easily removed and sold. Please note last year's top 10 most stolen vehicles in California: 1994 Honda Accord 1998 Honda Civic 1991 Toyota Camry 1994 Acura Integra 2004 Chevrolet full-size pickup 2006 Ford full-size pickup 1994 Nissan Sentra 2010 Toyota Corolla 1997 Nissan Altima 1988 Toyota 4x2 pickup If the model of your vehicle matches the above, and is anywhere near those years, then add more theft protection. Toyota Trucks, esp. 4-runners are popular targets for having their catalytic converters stolen.
Tatter Salad December 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The 'challenge of journalism today' is multifold: a) There's a 'challenge' in making any money in it. Part of the reason is 'Free' internet, and extremely low paying avenues for writers, etc. (eg. The Patch consortium). b) What passes for 'big league' news on our TV's,radios and papers have become dominated by just ONE company. There is no need for State or Local writers or opinions; - its all slanted pablum out of NY. 'Washington News' and World 'News' via the Fox network (aka: Rupert Murdoch) is NOT 'news'; it's propaganda. Avoid their non-local newscasts if you believe ultra-conservative pablum doesn't suit your view of the world. Their audience is 18 to 20 million Americans per month. On [Murdoch's payroll has been: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and John Kasich. When you think of any recent childish anti-Obama rantings by anyone, you will find them on Channel 2, KTVU. If you spend time with NBC news (which subscribes to Murdoch since '08, or Fox: you are being played] c) the last issue is that knowledgeable readers AND WRITERS are being created in droves. 64% of U.C. undergrads have non-technical Majors with poor job opportunities; but their expertise is being vented in blog spaces, new web sites and even the Patch; the publics I.Q. is going up. Recent statewide voter decisions support that view IMHO.

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