ALERT: Quiet Knocking and Door Handle Jiggling in the Early Morning Hours – Theft Reported

March 11, 2014 17:27 pm · 56 comments

This is an alert to all the homeowners off Pine Hollow Rd. in Concord.

Throughout the past few days, we’ve received four emails from different Claycordians about a person quietly knocking on the front door of homes in the Rolling Woods & Discovery Way area of Concord, which is located off Pine Hollow Rd.

The knocking, in two of the cases, is followed by somebody trying to open the front door.

These suspicious incidents occurred between 12am-5am.

One person also found their side gate open and a bicycle stolen from the backyard.

Always lock your front door, garage door and side gates. Also, keep your porch light on or have a motion detector light that turns on when somebody gets near the home.

1 Let's get them March 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The same thing happened here. I go them on audio recording. We now have censor lights as you suggested, and other measures. Also, They sell these swing locks at ACE that add protection to a door. They are heavy steel and very strong, bolted in right almost impossible to kick a door in with one or two of these on the door. Better than an extra dead bolt imo. Because if the door is kicked in or opened somehow, it stops two inches in and will make a hell of a sound but they still wont get in yet. We have them, they work really well. We got the same thing, it appears to be at random though, despite of course someone blaming me for this happening by a face book post. . The blame the victim mentality. .

2 Melanie March 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

We live in Clayton, and have friends in this location. Stay safe everybody.

3 Abbie R. March 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The HOA made Me take down My Metal Security Door, so now I just have a cannister of Pepper Spray mounted above the door attached to 50lbs. test fishing line that I can pull and trigger from inside.

4 Walnut Creek Resident March 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Abbie R..I am going to have pepper spray ready to go. I am not going to put a test fishing line that way because my luck would have me spraying myself… So I do have an alarm on my door. So I will get my pepper spray near by. Thank you.

5 Call 911 when you hear that March 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Same thing happened in our neighborhood off Ayers and Clayton a few weeks ago.One The neighbor lost a couple thousand dollars worth of tools that night. I told my neighbor who lives alone she should have called 911.
The two men who knocked on her door knocked as if they knew her. Then they went to the other neighbors who answered their door and told them they were giving away newspapers. This was almost 10pm on a week night and they handed her a section of an old newspaper.
I really hope that if this happens to anyone else they will call 911. I am sure when they are caught that they will lead police to a stash of stolen goods.
My true concern is for elderly folks living alone. We need to watch out for them.

6 Suzanne March 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Abbie R.. does that really work; what if someone is robbing you whiile yor’re on the toilet?

7 Thank you note March 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Don’t forget to send a thank you note to Sacramento for letting these jackals out !

Hey Mark Desaulnier – “There ought to be a law !” Abbie should be allowed to have a gun at home that only shoots if her DNA is touching the grip and only after the gun can run a background check using facial recognition software to confirm that the guy kicking the door in isn’t just a friendly neighbor. Of course, the gun should also verbally warn the intruder with verbiage that you script so he gets a fair “shot.” Sound good to you ? !

Oh yes, let’s not forget to limit the gun to one round. After all, who needs more than just one ? Your fearless leader’s sidekick Joey B doesn’t. Let’s require the gun to only fire after it’s CPU determines that the one shot will not fail to stop said “bad guy.” I think that’s the compassionate solution. Sign me up !

8 ? ? ? March 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Wonder if having a State Senator living within a mile of the incident, who voted for AB-109, makes them feel safer?

9 Anon March 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Wow, so having your porch light on at night is better than having it off. Funny how opinions vary in this mob.

10 Gladys Kravitz March 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I’m on Paso Del Rio Way. Last Thurs. night I had a quite knocker that stood out in my driveway for a min. Then a car pulled up and the guy got in and drove away. I didn’t answer the door because I keep my alarm on but I watched through the peek (peep) hole. I have large dogs that went crazy because the knocking was more like a rubbing or scratching noise. I thought my cats were sharpening their claws so I was seeking into the room to catch the cats, when I realized it was some strange guy with a baggy dark coat. He was only here for a couple min. but it seemed like forever. I didn’t want to take my eyes off him in case he headed for the back gate. The perfect timing part came after the guy left, the dogs calmed down and I was feeling a bit scared when the buzzer on the dryer went off. It made me scream and the dogs went crazy again.

11 Isabelle March 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Yes, Anon #9 – having any outside lights on is a deterrent – duh – because it is less likely that perps would walk up to a fully lighted door or patio area, versus one that is totally dark. I lived on a street between Marclair and Wharton for 13 years, and constantly had my porch and patio lights on, and never had a break-in, and I was on the street side also. I am a firm believer that lights in any form can deter the bad guys.

12 @ March 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Gladys, I can picture that happening! Too funny!

13 Sheila March 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Gladys, you’re welcome to keep an eye on our neighborhood! We’re all at work during the day. Bewitched was a great show. I’m glad you’re okay.

We live in a very nice neighborhood, but crime happens everywhere, and I feel safer with a security door. It’s not the prettiest door, and it covers our beautiful front door, but I feel safer knowing someone can’t kick our front door in or jiggle our door knob.

We’ve always kept our porch light on overnight. It’s common sense. We have a motion detector as well. And an alarm and barking dogs.

I hope we’re okay……

14 itsme March 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

What the heck? Would the homeowner’s association rather there be a steel screen door or a robbery? Does that mean they would be liable if someone broke through the front door?

15 Rich S March 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

we had a car stolen from the front of our home six weeks ago. CPD found it today and because I was unable to find four new tires and rims to replace the ones that had been stolen and get to where the car was all within 30 minutes CPD was nice enough to call BAY POINT TOW who is now telling me that I am being charged almost $300 to get it back and that’s only today’s price. The price goes up every day. I asked the owner how he got my car on the truck with no wheels and I was told he dragged it on the undercarriage and then I explained to him that most certainly would be damage from this and he laughed said “that’s your problem” and then he hung up on me. Why is the the city of concord doing business with this company. I feel like I’ve been robbed twice. Oh did I mention the car was found two blocks from my house. It would be sitting in front of my house right now instead of impound had CPD given me half an honest chance to retrieve my car

16 Mike March 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

My wife woke me last night around 1:20 am. She worked till 12 and was sitting downstairs watching tv when someone tried to open our front door. She said they were real gentle.I thought she was just hearing things until I read this today. Gonna be a long night for this security guard!

17 Just shoot thru the door. Hey, it worked for the guy in S.Africa March 11, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Except he “accidentally” killed his girlfriend.

18 GoGo Gomez March 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Gd low life’s!

19 ConcordMike March 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Security Cameras…
You would have been able to see who it was while they were knocking on your door, plus which direction they went, plus what kind of car they took off in.
I can’t emphasize security cameras enough.

20 Lt March 11, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Rich S – Same thing happened to my son’s car except that it landed in Richmond. Our insurance ended up totaling the car because the tow company dragged it onto their flatbed and then a fork lift plopped it down in the tow yard. It was very disappointing. Good luck!

21 RunDogRun March 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

@Rich S Call Chsnnel 7 On Your Side Mike
Finney or Julie Watts on Channel 5 or one
of the investigative reporters. The City of
Concord needs to be more responsible to
the citizenry than what you describe and
the tow company should not be getting
the city business with an attitude like
that.

22 FE March 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

We have motion detector lights, security cameras and an alarm with signs. Hoping that keeps them away!

23 Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Rich S a good friend of mine had his car impounded one day because he had so many speeding tickets and finally when he was parked, his car was taken away.a beautiful mustang; the fool just left it there-needless to say after time went by, he regretted every moment. Some don’t like classic mustangs–to helL with them.

24 anon March 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

#9 sometimes when the lights are on, it means somebody is home. Other times when the lights are on there is nobody home. I can see how this can be confusing to you.

25 anonares March 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Others have said this before, but it needs repeating. The quiet knock and the handle being lightly turned, is to find out if you have a dog. If they don’t get a bark, they may return later, when they know you are gone. Just bark and say Kujo – settle down.

26 Rich S March 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Thank you 20,23 I’m planning to go get the car out of impound in the morning.I plan to video document every inch of it. Since CPD and their CSI unit were the last ones in custody, I’m pretty they’re going to have their own records and pictures. Any damage caused by the the tow company’s drag and drop, they are going to pay for. Also I read that if their charges are deemed excessive, they will be liable for 4x’s the amount charged.
@21 I left an email for KGO but I didn’t know about channel 5 thanks!

27 Free Stuff March 12, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I’m going to put a sign on my front door that says, “Don’t bother coming in, we have a fierce Doberman with huge teeth who will bite your butt in a heartbeat as you’re fleeing in terror. However, please help yourself to the crap in our side shed and save us a trip to the dump.”

Just being facetious, of course.

28 rabbit ears March 12, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Maybe I could afford to leave
my porch light on all night if I
weren’t paying a ridiculous
special assessment to provide
street lights in Oakhurst.

29 To protect and serve? March 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

@Rich S, A man who claimed to be a repo man came onto our private road here and I called police, he had no papers, nothing, and was looking at our cars, my truck, with a truck and a tow hook up thing, MPD would not help me. Period. Turned it on me. But also in Concord, A similar thing happened to me years ago and I was never allowed to get my car back. But the police followed it being towed to my house in Concord where I lived at the time and when it was unhooked they ticketed it and called another tow truck. Why? For being on the street without registration. No it was not registered, but it was to be pushed into my garage and worked on to be registered. It only had 1000 miles on it but had an engine issue and was not registered for two years. A three year old car, perfect condition. They would not let me get it out because it was not registered. How could I get it registered if it could not run and pass smog? So they stole that car from me imo and I was completely blown away. After just spending $600 cash for it that day. I have no clue how that was legal of them, the cop said once it hit the road it was illegal .. I even asked the cop if he could let us push it up into the garage, he said, no. ?????????? So it went to a tow yard and I was unable to get my car, and they and the police and DMV were complete blanks to me about the whole issue. This was about 25years ago and it was another huge notch why I came to despise authority. Esp the old DMV in Concord when people who worked there would party in the back and make you wait ands treat you like crap. They all got fire one day though, I think that was about 1992 or so. When the whole Ca. DMV was reformed. Sorry, in a bad mood today.

30 ScumoftheEarth March 12, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Rick S — If the towing company has really messed up your car, report them to the Better Business Bureau–www.bbb.org and Angie’s list. Hope your car will be ok.

Gosh, I’d rather have raccoons than humans any day. It’s terrible that there is so much of this going on. I wish all these thugs would get caught and kept behind bars. Everyone should consider adopting a dog. When you think about all the innoccent dogs that are put to death every year for nothing, it is rather sickening. A dog is good protection and good company. Mine are both spoiled, but I feel safe because they do guard my small place.

31 dilligafman March 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Home security system installed at my residence-GLOCK,S&W,MOSSBERG!!!

32 red nose March 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Clayton is the new PITTSBURG!

33 Chevrolet girl March 12, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I would like to think a porch light on makes a difference but In my case it did not. It was 10 pm I had two cars in the driveway. Garage and porch lights on. House lights on and three dogs. The guy rattled the door knob anyway. Same thing a month later but it was 8 Pm this time he rattles the knob then threw himself into my front door. It shook the whole house. Armed myself and called the cops. He was gone by the time they got there.

34 HOAs just suck March 12, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I am sure that the useless and often times worthless HOA would not assume any liabilty even if someone did break into your home. They would probably argue that any property damage/theft within your condo unit is your responsibility. fight with them to keep your metal security up, especially in these uncertain times where there is so much crime in our area.

35 Mtz resident March 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Wow, I emailed Claycord with warnings of someone going through cars and stealing things and attempting to gain entry into homes on Pine Street in Martinez, but never received a response back. The police were called but they never showed up. I guess the safety of the citizens in Martinez are t important.

36 Michelle March 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Home Security works, especially if you have a rot.

37 Even Joe Biden agrees March 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM

a shotgun can do a lot to scare intruders.

Just be ready to purchase a new door, there will be a lot of splinters.

38 Oh Dear March 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

This happen to me a couple of weeks ago, and my husband thought I was hearing things, we live in Dana Estates.
It was in the middle of the night, and it woke me up. I didn’t go to the door I went to another window where I could see the door but no one was there.
Thanks for confirming that I’m not delusional Claycord! I’ll show this to my husband for sure.

39 The Mamba March 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I really hope someone saws these guys in half with a 12 gauge.

40 Bill March 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jerks. I hope I do not catch one attempting to get in. Jerks

41 Rich S March 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

So I got the car back today the tow company did a lot of dragging but that darn jeep is tough as nails, no real damage on their part and the ladies working the counter were considerably nicer than the owner I spoke to yesterday. The thieves put a new battery and left gas receipts in the car so hopefully CPD can get some pictures. The plates on it aren’t mine, not sure how cpd missed that one but any ways I’m bagging it all up and bringing to them. Hopefully they get these tweekers.

I still think its very wrong I was charged $250 to get my car back after they towed it less than 5 miles and had it less than 24hrs.

42 Dana Estates Resident March 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM

We live in Dana Estates and 2 weeks ago my husband was leaving for work at 4am when a car drove up and shined a flashlight in his face and asked who he was and what he was doing. It was a cop who said he was on the lookout after reports of people in the neighborhood looking inside of cars, I assume looking for stuff to steal and unlocked cars. I now leave my porch light on.

43 jtkatec March 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Recently bought some door alarms on Amazon. They look like door stops, but if the door opens and the door hits the stop, there’s a loud alarm.

Can’t wait to try them out.

But for now, the dogs hit those doors with full force whenever some comes up the walkway.

Maybe that’s why they are just scratching at the doors, to see if a dog lives at that residence.

44 Michelle March 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Dogs are the best alarm and protection, jtkatec. I have rotties and truly enjoy having them. They have deterred would be robbers from my door (mostly sales people) and I have had no problems since.

45 anon March 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

@44 Isn’t it crowded in your single wide with the rotties?

46 Puddintain March 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

@anon #45; HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahaa!!! Good one.

47 anonanonagain March 12, 2014 at 5:42 PM

@ Gladys #10, can you give us a better description of that guy?? Dark hair? short? Walked funny? Anything will help.
There are so many homeless people around these days with addiction problems, it makes me wonder.
Meth addicts? Or just idiots who can’t find a job because they have a record?
Be on the lookout……

48 Just_My_Two_Cents March 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

For those that don’t want to leave their porch light on – switch your fixture to a motion detector. Works for me.

Someone was at my door about 2 am about a week ago. My dog sleeps in the house and went crazy.

49 Basel March 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM

#1 – what kind of lock did you get at ACE Hardware? A swing lock? More details please.

50 Marrisa March 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I leave my porch light on at night, especially since my husband works at night and leaves me alone some nights.

51 Arlene March 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

someone cut off the lock box and rang the doorbell at 3am and my client went to the door and know one was there. We called the police and made a report and that was on Grasswood Ct. I told my client never open the door and call 911. There are so many crazy people our there.

52 Arlene March 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Someone rang my clients door at 3am and my client went to the door and no one was there but he noticed the lock-box was cut off from the door.
I went over the next morning and called a lock smith to change all the locks and had my client call the police and make a report. The area was on Grasswood off of Pine Hollow. Be carefull of all the crazy people and dial 911 and don,t open the door

53 Audrey March 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

We caught some men/boys on our security cameras Tuesday night using flashlights to see if the security cameras were real.when they realized they were, someone picked them up in a car, out of direct camera range and they left. Yesterday we purchased a dog baking alarm from Amazon, to be delivered tomorrow.if you don’t want to own a dog this might be the way to go.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHV6FY6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

54 Swing lock March 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

@Basel They are called PrimeLine Door Guard Swing Bar Locks, and probably other names. Google that name to see. They are like used at Motels. If you put two on a door it is impossible to break through, or very hard. I have extra strong longer screws in ours into the frame and door. Work very well. They sell them at Ace I know, and stronger types. Also you can open your door a bit to see out but have to close it back up to undo it to open the door more. Way way stronger than those old chain kind. These are very strong.

55 Clayton Valley High March 20, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I had someone at 7pm ring our doorbell and they were nowhere to be found. Neighbors were looking for this suspect. This is in the area across from Clayton Valley High School. People be aware. Luckily we have a sherif who lives in our neiborhood and lots of dogs and stay at home parents. Our neighborhood is always on the watch.

56 Kelly March 20, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Thank you Clayton Valley High, I have children that go to this school and we live in the area. It’s good to know this.

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