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Steven Rathf…, Home Buyer in Orinda, CA

Are the home burglaries concentrated in a certain area of Orinda or entirely random throughout the city?

Asked by Steven Rathfon, Orinda, CA Sun Apr 29, 2012

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In answer to Stevens question, which is still relevant - Orinda home burglaries do remain a problem. As mentioned by other posters they are predominately, but not limited to, the exit streets from Highway 24 to the north and south. An example would be St. Stephens exit or the Charles Hill area. The Orinda police have decided to take things a little more seriously as of late and call in the CC Sheriffs department for some back-up. In our opinion, with some simple and obvious precautions, (burglar alarm, always locking doors and cars, etc) we should be able to minimize the risk of being a target. Orinda is a wonderful place to live and we enjoy the benefits that the large metropolitan areas around us provide.. but unfortunately, they also bring some crime with it.
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The burglaries in Orinda have mostly been on homes near downtown and within close proximity to highway 24 access. Overhill Rd, Muth Drive, Tahos, Moraga Way etc... Some homes have been hit repeatedly while others only once. I never personally thought my home would be burglarized since my home is very exposed and on a fairly busy street, but I was wrong. Dealt with that last year, not fun. What I can tell you is the community is very tired of hearing about these burglaries and everyone has been very diligent about reporting any suspicious activity of people in the area. Everyone is watching out for their neighbors which has been great.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 30, 2014
Those homes that are nearest to Highway 24 are usually the most vulnerable. Remember, most blacks and mexicans have a hard enough time trying to remember one road from the next unless its in the hood. The usually get lost very easy in places like Orinda. Lastly, I call 911 when I see either a mexican without a leaf blower attached to him or a black guy in my neighborhood unless its the postman so not to worry as Orinda is a great place to live.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 26, 2014
Hi Steven,

When working with buyers I always suggest these two things;

go to Meganslist to see if there are registered sex offenders in the neighborhood and call the local polish dept to see what if any incidences have occured in a designated neighborhood.

Sometimes the police will give you little tidbits of additional info about a troubling area.

Good luck to you,
Suzanne Looker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Stephen: I live and work in Orinda. In the almost 19 years I've been here, I haven't seen any pattern. The streets nearest the St. Stephens freeway exit have always had a little more activity. Most probably due to the proximity and easy escape to the freeway. Please feel free to email if you have specific questions.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Take a look at this crime map

This should give you a visual idea.

However, compare Orinda's rate to national statistics

This comparison puts Orinda in an extremely better light.

Hope this helps
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 29, 2012
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