Residential burglaries soar in Orinda

orinda-residential-burglaryResidential burglaries in Orinda are up 30 percent so far in 2013, according to Orinda Police Chief Scott Haggard. In a written communication to this reporter, Haggard said: “Property crimes in Orinda are flat down compared to last year except for residential burglaries. We have experienced a 30% increase.”

In the Orinda Downs neighborhood, a hilly area of northeast Orinda near the Lafayette border, nine cars have been burglarized “in the last 30 says,” according to a Dec. 19 report from the Orinda Downs Homeowners Association (ODHA). ODHA says that the nine car burglaries are ” . . . the ones that have been reported to us. There could be others that we have not been told about.” The main street in Orinda Downs is Dalewood Drive.

Residential burglaries include car burglaries and prowlers.

Also on Dec, 19, ODHA reported that ” . . . a Homeowner’s car was burglarized last night sometime between 10:30 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. The car was parked in the driveway of a home on Dalewood. Everything in the car was taken except golf clubs and some tools.”

On Dec. 2, ODHA reported that an Orinda police officer claimed that “there had been a late night prowler in the backyard of a home on Candle Terrace.” Candle Terrace is near Dalewood Drive. “The prowler was peeping through the bathroom window,” ODHA reported.

On Nov. 25, the news website Halfway to Concord (www.halfwaytoconcord.com) reported that SafeWise, a home security website, said that Danville, San Ramon, and Lafayette are among the 50 safest cities in California. Orinda was not on the list.

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