About 60 people crowded into Northbrae Community Church on Thursday night to learn how better to protect themselves in the face of a big jump this month in home burglaries, two of which turned violent.
Last November Rachel Anderson started up her car outside her home on Arlington Avenue only to find that it had turned into a Harley Davidson. “It made a noise that’s pretty darn memorable,” she says. The catalytic converter from her 1998 Toyota Tacoma truck had been stolen. “It cost me $801 to replace,” she says. “The only upside was the thieves unbolted it instead of sawing it off so only the catalytic converter needed to be replaced.”
Update 2:10 pm: Statement from Berkeley Police Association added below.
An estimated 150-200 people turned out on Thursday evening to Northbrae Community Church on The Alameda in north Berkeley to ask the Berkeley Police Department about their response to the Feb. 18 murder of Park Hills resident Peter Cukor.
Councilmember Susan Wengraf (District 6) has called a town hall meeting to discuss public safety in the wake of the Feb. 18 murder of Peter Cukor outside his home in north Berkeley. Police Chief Michael Meehan and City Manager Christine Daniel will both be in attendance, as will a supervising dispatcher, and BPD Area Coordinator Officer Byron White.
In the last week, there have been an inordinately high number of burglaries in the north Berkeley hills, and police are warning residents to be sure to lock their doors and shut their windows.