Bay Area Real Estate Safety: Protecting Your Home

December 26, 2023

Today, we want to discuss a topic that's become increasingly important, especially in the Bay Area. We're talking about safety, particularly in the context of real estate and home security.
As some of you may already be aware, the Bay Area has been experiencing a concerning trend. Police are investigating cases tied to suspects who have been robbing homeowners, particularly during holiday or festival seasons. We've seen several incidents, including a home invasion robbery targeting an elderly couple who had their safe stolen right here in San Jose.
In a recent case, suspects made off with over $100,000 worth of jewelry in the Evergreen Foothills in San Jose. The modus operandi was quite unsettling. Four people knocked on the door of a family's home, one even carrying a toddler. They claimed they wanted to buy a dress from a well-known fashion designer, Renuka Rajagopal. Rajagopal, thinking it was a legitimate appointment, let them in, not realizing the danger that lay ahead.
During their visit, the women distracted Rajagopal, while two others swiftly entered the home. Moments later, they left empty-handed, and it was only days later that the family discovered their valuable jewelry was missing.
These incidents are not isolated. The suspects involved in these cases appear to follow a pattern, and police believe they may have been responsible for multiple robberies with similar characteristics. 
These events are deeply unsettling, and they underscore the need for heightened awareness and security measures. We want to share some tips with you to protect your home and loved ones.
  1. Dial 911: The moment you suspect suspicious activity, especially if it sounds similar to the reported robberies, don't hesitate to call 911. Your safety is paramount.
  2. Exercise Good Judgment: Be cautious when someone comes to your home, and never let anyone inside unless they can prove they are with an agency you were expecting, like plumbers, electricians, and nurses.
  3. Cultural Traditions and Safety: We understand that some cultures have traditions that involve wearing expensive jewelry during events and holidays. However, it's essential to exercise caution. Criminals may be aware of these traditions and could target you. Consider wearing costume jewelry instead to minimize the risk.
  4. Home Security: If you've recently purchased a house, consider adding security cameras at all entry and exit points. Avoid keeping valuables at home, and change your home locks if possible.
Remember, your safety and the safety of your loved ones should always be a top priority. Let's work together to protect our communities and homes.

Thank you for joining us today. If you have any additional tips or experiences to share, please leave them in the comments section below. Stay safe.

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