Dublin Mayor David Haubert has scheduled a general Town Hall meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room at Amador Elementary School, 2100 East Cantara Drive.
Haubert and Dublin Police Chief Dennis Houghtelling will discuss a hike in recent residential burglaries and additional security measures needed to address the problem.
The presentation will include background information about the burglaries, an overview of what Dublin Police Services is doing to prevent further burglaries and advice on what residents can do to better assist Dublin Police with preventing burglaries.
"I'm so concerned for a recent increase in residential burglaries in Dublin," Haubert stated. "Residents are scared and afraid for their safety and the safety of their families."
He said he's discussed his concerns with city staff and asked that there be more "public outreach" to residents.
Since January, Dublin police Services, which is handled in a contract with the Alameda County sheriff's office, has already held over 16 neighborhood meetings. Haubert also organized a public meeting at the Dublin Ranch Gold neighborhood which more than 20 residents attended.
"I've asked city staff to look into additional security measures like advanced technology such as license plate readers and even additional patrols to ensure we add staff as we grow," Haubert said. "I expect a staff report of alternatives to be presented as soon as possible."
"I've called on Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to personally review the criminal charges of the suspects apprehended to date to make sure the prosecution is as tough as possible on crime in our neighborhoods.
"At the same time, I must emphasize a few important points. First, no city will ever be able to hire enough police services to fully extinguish crime. This means we must all remain vigilant and watch our neighbors' backs. Second, there are many safeguards to learn to keep more safe, such as locking all doors and windows, and many more.
"I urge everyone to let Dublin Police Services do their job, do not try to do it for them. By this I mean do not personally engage a potential suspect on your own. Call Dublin PD if you see anything suspicious.
"In my opinion Dublin Police Services is doing a great job and doing all they can with the resources they have. They've even already made several arrests. But we can always do better. We must be even better.
"Working together we can keep Dublin as safe as possible."