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Re: “Five Teen Robbers Nabbed by BPD After Preying on North Berkeleyites

There was a time when juveniles only got in trouble for shoplifting small items or fighting. Now, juveniles have moved on to more serious crimes. Adult criminals, on the other hand, have become more stealth in the crimes they commit, such as identity theft, which is more fruitful, and less chances of getting arrested. Laptops, GPS units, I-Phones, cell phones, all have a great resale value on the street anywhere from $20-$200 and more. Juveniles are aware of this. Infact, some of the smaller items are resold at their schools, Berkeley High being one of those schools. The problem I have is, of those kids arrested in this article, the punishment will probably be probation and that's it. They are free to go out and commit more crimes, which is becoming a popular fad and a way to get money among youths. Making arrests are great, however arrest sometimes do not have an impact on certain crimes, such as auto burglary when there are different offenders. Community awaresness/crime prevention will make a huger impact on crime, and I am sure Berkeley P.D. already have measures in place. They are a great agency. I am just sharing my thoughts. We need to be mindful not to leave our laptops, phones, etc in our cars. Install a car alarm, or implement measures that will deter someone from attacking our property. That's my opinion on auto burglary. Robberies are a whole other issue and way more dangerous than they seem. Oakland and Emeryville have been dealing with the above types of robberies for a while now. What do you do? Comply and stay alive. Try not to walk alone at night. Women if you can help it, don't carry a purse. Don't talk on your cell while walking or listen to your ipod. These things keep you from being aware of your surroundings. If you must listen to your Ipod, only plug in one ear. Ipods and cell phones displayed are fruits to these kids. Therefore, you become a target with these items. Backpacks too, because people are known to carry laptops in backpacks.

Stay safe people.

Posted by mspeacemaker on 08/23/2010 at 9:04 AM

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