Increase of Burglaries in The Pocket / South Land Park Areas of Sacramento

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

pocket and south land parkI received a notice from the Land Park Community Association this morning advising residents to be on the alert and report suspicious activity to the Sacramento Police department.

One of my own clients had a break in last month. The thieves broke a window on the back of the home and carted off electronics and jewelry. At first I thought she said, "They stole our weed," and I was thinking that maybe she shouldn't be confiding that sort of thing to her real estate agent. I mean, it's none of my business.

Then I realized she had said "Wii."

Here are a list of addresses and synopsis provided by the Sacrament Police department:

900 block of Johnfer Way, 1/14/09, unknown time frame
6300 block of Oakridge Way, 1/17/09, between 0330 to 0430 hrs
1100 block of Lake Glen Way, 1/20/09, between 1505 to 2145 hrs
5900 block of Riverside Blvd, 1/21/09, between 1420 to 1620 hrs
6400 block of Holstein Way, 1/15 to 1/24/09
1000 block of Woodshire Way, 1/25/09, between 0900 to 2130 hrs
1200 block of 41st Ave, 1/26/09, at 2048 hrs
1400 block of Kitchner Rd, 1/27/09, between 1350 to 1500 hrs
1200 block of 42nd Ave, 1/27/09, between 1310 to 1730 hrs
  900 block of Woodshire Way, 1/27/09, between 0800-1500 hrs
 5900 block of Lake Crest Way, 1/27/09, between 0800-2000 hrs
 6400 block of 13th St, 1/27/09, between 2200 to 1230 hrs
 1100 block of Glen Holly Way, 1/23/09, 1900 hrs

"The suspect(s) entered the residences primarily by force to the side garage door, breaking out sliding doors, or via unlocked doors. The suspects have taken TVs, electronics, laptops, jewelry, video games, and cash.

Please forward any information to Detective McMillan at NCU South, 808-5220."

If you suspect criminal behavior is happening in your neighborhood, don't hesitate, call 9-1-1.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  Desperate people do desperate things.  In this current economic climate we've noticed an increase in local burglaries as well.

Feb 05, 2009 01:34 AM #1

Glad you clarified for all who saw the headline that it was South Land Park (mostly).  I grew up in South Land Park Hills -  4-6 feet tall rolling terrain for you Flat Earth Society folks still to the south and east of the moat.  Even more confused are those (usually TV/radio) who think Rancho Cordova starts just the east side of CSUS and Fair Oaks is everything Fair Oaks Blvd runs through.

Feb 05, 2009 02:49 AM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Why do people go to such extremes of steeling from others? I had people take stuff from me years ago when I lived in the City, but not on my farm. I did have deterrents in place though.I wonder if it was because I had my compound bow in my sun kitchen, or because they always heard my firearms going off on my farm. Now I am just a mild manner guy selling Real Estate waiting for his migrating to take place soon. Having a 120 pound dog looking at others often can be a deterrent as well. Nice doggy, nice doggy; some would be amazed how mellow this dog really is.

Sad to see this is happening out by you, but times have changed and desperate people go to great means.

I hope you have the greatest success with your book and it hits the NY times best list.


Tom Braatz

Feb 05, 2009 04:00 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Oh if someone took my husband's Wii that would be bad, no weed at our house though.  Frankly I think when the criminal looked through the door and saw my two big doggies he might move on to another house.  This economy brings out the worst in some people.  Locally we had a mail carrier arrested for stealing gift cards before Christmas. 

Feb 05, 2009 04:31 AM #4
Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
{Marketing Maestro}

I heard in my area theft is up too.  Has to be the economy.  It probably doesn't help that local police departments have had budget cuts....

Feb 05, 2009 05:51 AM #5
Bobby Uppal
Uppal Insurance Agency 916.669.0601 - Citrus Heights, CA
Your Insurance Expert

Good info that people should know, not just in those areas!

Due to today's economy, we wouldn't be surprised if there is even more of an increase in burglaries, theft & arson. Here are a few tips people might find valuable:

-Keep shrubbery trimmed-

-Keep areas around your home well lit-

-Using an engraved pen, write your DL number on your personal property-

-Make a home inventory list - We have a free booklet - JUST ASK!

-NEVER leave a spare house key in an obvious place-

-Instal automatic timers on light, radio, or your T.V. when you are away-



Feb 05, 2009 10:23 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Chris Ann: You know they aren't getting more than $50 for a $1,000 computer.

Hi Jade: The police reports I saw referenced the Pocket area, but when I looked at the map, I realized it was mostly South Land Park. How is that media and police don't know where our neighborhoods are located?

Hi Tammy and Tom: I hate to say this, but I've heard of burglars tossing poisoned meat to dogs. I'm not sure a dog is the best defense. :(

Hi Josef: We do have budget cuts in our police department. Our budget deficit is enormous.

Hey Bobby: My spare key is so well hidden that when I locked myself out of the house last summer, it took me several hours to remember what I did with it.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento

Feb 05, 2009 11:56 AM #7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

That's funny.  The wii got stolen.  I was listening to a teenager beg for a wii from her dad and I had to ask her would she be happy with an "us" and she didn't think it was funny.  Daddy relented and gave her one.  I wonder if the state of the economy is adding to the burglaries.  Probably so because people can't make ends meet and are dead broke.  SAD.

Feb 05, 2009 12:05 PM #8
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

All the neighbors need to be on alert. It is good to talk to your neighbors and know if they are going to be gone this time of year so we can keep an eye out.

Feb 05, 2009 01:37 PM #9
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

We had a burglary problem many years ago when I lived in an inner city neighborhood in Dallas. We formed a Neighborhood Watch group, had monthly meetings (mostly coffee and cake get togethers), and put out a monthly newsletter, delivered door to door to the entire neighborhood. Crime dropped dramatically. Most effective were the street sign toppers we installed, identifying our neighborhood, and the CrimeWatch signs. Neighbors who know one another are MUCH more likely to pick up the phone and call 911 for suspicious activity. As a bonus, with an organized neighborhood, the police assigned us a community safety officer, who would personally attend our meetings, and who gave us a cell phone number to call him.

Feb 05, 2009 11:49 PM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

A few years ago, my husband and I heard banging on our door at 1 AM, and noticed bright flashes of light through our bedroom window. It was the police, called by my neighbor down the street. Some kids had removed 28 of 30 screws that held the bumper on my husband's car. Two more screws, and that bumper would have been history, if it was not for my neighbor.

It's important that we help each other and look out for each other. If I see a neighbor's garage door open for a long period of time at night, I call them to let them know their garage door is still open.

Elizabeth Weintraub Land Park Real Estate Agent in Sacramento


Feb 06, 2009 02:22 AM #11
Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
{Marketing Maestro}

It really is amazing/sad how quickly this financial mess came about and how many budget problems exist.  

Feb 06, 2009 04:36 AM #12
Greg Cavaiani
Response Realtors - Eagle, WI

As a former law enforcement officer.  (Actually, I still do it in the evenings on the helps supplement my business and is a nice change of pace)  I can tell you that all crimes of opportunity have increased and historically, it has always been this way when the economy suffers.  And it doesn't matter where the community is.  Good advice has already been given, like staying alert, locking doors and keeping valuable items out of the publics eye when possible. 

Oh, yeah, I'll add, "Thanks for wearing your seat belt."

Greg Cavaiani

Feb 06, 2009 05:53 AM #13
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Elizabeth - I'm sorry about the theft, but you had me laughing with your "weed" comment...  :)

Feb 06, 2009 07:31 AM #14
Charles Wood
Brite Ideas Home Staging & Redesign - Sacramento, CA

Thanks Elizabeth for the post.  I am staging a vacant home in the Pocket area this week, and the homeowners have said that the copper piping & wiring has been stolen in the last month from the home.  This will definately keep me vigilant about checking in on the home as often as possible.

Feb 08, 2009 06:32 AM #15
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