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From: domainremoved <R>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:08:33 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Council,
Last year I shared info that my son lost two (2) bikes outside our MP Library...as he was doing volunteer work. Our solution was to move over to the Rec. Center. This had a more direct line-of-sight with the Police station and there is typically someone at the desk, someone who could watch the bike rack. BUT....

Unfortunately, my daughter and son, who attend Kuk Sool Won classes at the Rec. Center, four (4) bikes have been stolen recently in front of the Rec. Center.
I know there might be bigger issues but why does it seem so difficult to police our City Center? Someone clearly targeted the Library and has since expanded their territory. This means the original problem was not solved. I'm beginning to wondering why this is such an easy crime to commit, and, of course, the irony is not lost that we have new green bike lane markings.
Shame on us. Regards,

Russ Peterson

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 From: Cat Carlton <cat.carlton_at_(domainremoved)
 To: R <rrrp67_at_(domainremoved)
 Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:57 PM
 Subject: Re: Bike Security - Library
Ok, I'll let them know. 

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On Jul 30, 2015, at 12:26 PM, R <rrrp67_at_(domainremoved)

FYI, my kids bike to Kuk Sool Wom and there doesn't seem to be the same problem at those bike racks. We suspect the bikes being in view of the 'front desk' of the Rec Center, the visial site line to the Police Station and/or the parking lot security camera contribute to the relative security at the Rec Center bike rack.
Thanks for looking into this...


Russ Peterson

      From: Cat Carlton <cat.carlton_at_(domainremoved)
 To: R <rrrp67_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: "policechief_at_(domainremoved)
 Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:24 AM
 Subject: Re: Bike Security - Library
First of all, thank you so much for your family's support of the library. I'm delighted to know that you are enjoying this great resource. 
However, I am very sad and frustrated to hear of your bicycle thefts. I'll discuss this with the Police Chief and City Manager to determine what we might do to make the area safer for bikes and theft. We certainly want to encourage people to bike to the library and to feel that there property is safe. 
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. 
All the best,

Catherine CarltonMayor, Menlo Park

Typoed on my iPhone

On Jul 30, 2015, at 10:14 AM, R <rrrp67_at_(domainremoved)

Chief Jonsen,
I would like to request that you implement better security for the bike rack(s) at the front of the Menlo Park Library.
As a resident and parent in our community we have biked to school and activities and the Library since Kindergarten...they now bike to MAHS. It is good exercise, convenient, and saves on pollution and congestion producing traffic which should all be positives for MP. However, we have had two bikes stolen from the front of the library. The latter was stolen while my son was being trained as a Library Volunteer!
This pattern of theft is, to my understanding, not uncommon. (When telling our story to friends they had a similar incident.) I feel it would be appropriate for the City to enhance security for a mode of travel we wish to encourage and I hope you can spearhead that effort.
I would suggest a security camera, similar to, or better than, the cameras mounted in the other two parking lots at the Civic Center. However, I leave it up to you to decide what is effectively "better" than we have now. These thefts are occurring midday, noon and 3:30 PM, during school and in the Summer, and with tools which means the thief/thieves know how and when to commit this crime.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting a safe environment for bikers, students, and library patrons. Regards,

Russ Peterson
Felton Gables, Menlo Park


Received on Sun Jul 17 2016 - 20:18:17 PDT

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