Hillsborough Police Department

  • Agency: Hillsborough Police Department
  • Address: 1600 Floribunda Ave, Hillsborough, 94010 CA
  • Chief: Matthew O'Connor (Chief of Police)
Phone: 650-375-7470
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Hillsborough Police Department is located at 1600 Floribunda Ave, Hillsborough, 94010 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Matthew O'Connor. The Hillsborough Police Department phone number is 650-375-7470.

Hillsborough Police Department News

Join us this Sunday for a fun and educational day with the Hillsborough Neighborhood Network (HNN) and Central County Fire Department for our annual emergency preparedness and training session...BBQ lunch included!

Air quality in San Mateo County is currently very compromised by the North Bay Fires. To avoid respiratory issues, close windows and doors, stay indoors, turn off the A/C, and keep pets inside also.

Along with our San Mateo County allied agency partners, we have deployed officers to the #northbayfires to assist in evacuations and security in areas impacted by these devastating fires. Our thoughts are with all those who are affected by this tragic event.

SMC Alert from San Mateo County: Please expect a strong smell of smoke due to the Napa fire. Multiple reports have come in indicating that the smoke from the Napa fire has blown into San Mateo County. If you see fire in your area, believe the smoke smell is from a local source or you believe you are in any danger, please call 911. OES13 Hillsborough Police Communications has received numerous calls reporting the odor of smoke. Patrol reports the smoke odor is present throughout town. Please refer to local and social media for information regarding the Napa Fire.

FALL PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS: Fall is here and now is a good time for a reminder on important pedestrian safety tips provided by the Automobile Association of America and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: Be Visible: Make sure you’re visible to drivers at all times and make eye contact with them whenever possible. This is especially important at night, in low-light conditions such as dusk or dawn or in inclement weather. According to NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Wear lightly colored or reflective clothing at night and brightly colored clothing during the day. Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street. If possible, make eye contact with drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before you cross in front of them . Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions: Distractions are everywhere today and becoming more and more difficult to avoid. Remember that, as a pedestrian, your eyes and ears are your best tools for keeping safe. Stay alert and watch out. • Put down your phone. Smartphones and handheld electronic devices are a daily part of life, but they take your eyes off of the road and distract your attention. • Don’t wear headphones. Your ears will tell you a lot about what is happening around you – be sure to use them. Follow the Rules: • Know and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals. You need to be aware of the rules vehicles around you must follow to properly anticipate what drivers will do. This will help increase your safety. • Never assume a driver will give you the right of way. Make every effort to make eye contact with the driver of a stopped or approaching vehicle before entering the roadway. Walk in Safe Places: • Use crosswalks when crossing the street. If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to find the most well-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to make it safely across the street. • Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, be sure to walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. This will help increase your visibility to drivers. • Avoid walking along highways or other roadways where pedestrians are prohibited. Avoid Alcohol Consumption: • Almost half of all traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian casualties involve alcohol consumption. Surprisingly, 34 percent of that total was on the part of the pedestrian. Alcohol impairs your decision-making skills, physical reflexes and other abilities just as much on your feet as it does behind the wheel.

PRESS RELEASE - MAIL THIEF ARRESTED: On 08-21-2017, the Hillsborough Police Department received a report of a mail theft from two addresses on Downey Way in the northern part of Hillsborough. One alert resident witnessed the mail theft and was able to provide our officers the partial license plate numbers of the suspect vehicle. One resident captured the suspect and vehicle with their security cameras and shared the footage with investigators. The suspect vehicle was a 4-door blue sedan and the suspect appeared to be a white or Hispanic female with blonde hair. After an extensive investigation, on Thursday, September 28th Hillsborough Inspectors responded to a residence in Castro Valley, California. At the residence, 33-year-old Chanel Padilla was contacted and during a probation search of her vehicle and room, stolen mail from Hillsborough and throughout the bay area was recovered. In addition, personal information including financial documents, government identification, and social security numbers belonging to other people was seized. Padilla was arrested and transported to the San Mateo County Jail. Hillsborough Police Department Investigations is in the process of contacting additional victims in this case and we are working with allied agencies in this active investigation. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant ncorteway@hillsborough.net 650-375-7552 (Office) Press Information Contact: Doug Davis, Police Captain ddavis@hillsborough.net 650-375-7553 (Office)

Have you noticed the new Shared Lane Markings throughout Town? They are sometimes referred to as “Sharrows” and their purpose is to promote an increase in bicycle and motor vehicle safety. Bicyclists are encouraged to ride their bikes directly over their path and motorists are encouraged to pass bicyclists when it is safe to do so and with plenty of space. Officially from the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control, Shared Lane Markings will: Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist’s impacting the open door of a parked vehicle. Assist bicyclists with lateral positioning in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane. Alert road users of the lateral location bicyclists are likely to occupy within the traveled way. Encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists. Reduce the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.

Congratulations to Officer Chinca, Officer Colla, and Officer Nelson of HPD for graduating from Crisis Intervention Training class. Chief Mark O'Connor, Captain Doug Davis and Lieutenant Nelson Corteway attended the ceremony in support of our officers and this very important program. This is a 40-hour course where sworn law enforcement members will update their skills, knowledge and abilities including identification of the more common types of mental illness, skills for de-escalation of potentially violent situations, assessment of medication information, specifics on suicide intervention and a mental health system overview. This training greatly enhances the provision of services to mentally ill members of the community as well as citizens who are in crisis, e.g. victims of crime, tragic accidents, etc.

Mail Theft Prevention: The Hillsborough Police Department has seen a recent increase in reported mail theft in Town. Thieves who are targeting mail are looking for financial information or outgoing checks to commit crimes like identity theft, check fraud, and credit card fraud. In an effort to help prevent mail theft, The Hillsborough Police Department strongly recommends having a locking mailbox. It is never advisable to place outgoing mail (especially checks) in a curbside mailbox. Instead, we recommend using USPS blue collection mailboxes that are located throughout Town. Additionally, there is a drive-up USPS mailbox conveniently located at the Hillsborough Town Hall parking lot. A list of USPS approved locking mailboxes can be found here: https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2007/html/pb22206/mailboxkit.4.7.html One new service offered by the USPS is called Informed Delivery. While this service was not created specifically for mail theft, the USPS will email residential customers black-and-white images of letter-sized mail that will be delivered to them later in the day. Customers may sign up at informeddelivery.usps.com. This service can give residential customers peace of mind that they are receiving the mail that they are supposed to.

Mountain Lion Activity: There have been recent sightings of mountain lions in the area of El Arroyo Road, Barroilhet Avenue, Farm Lane, and Eucalyptus Avenue. The sightings have been reported by residents as well as by our officers last evening. Warning signs have been posted in those areas. As evidenced by the images captured on our wildlife cameras as well as recent sightings, Hillsborough represents a natural habitat for many species of animals including mountain lions. Mountain lions primary prey is deer, although they have also been known to attack many of the animals captured on our trail cameras as well as pets. Mountain lions are generally solitary, elusive and avoid human contact. Residents who live in these areas and/or live adjacent rural areas are reminded to keep their domesticated pets indoors during dawn, dusk and evening hours - Close & lock doors at night. Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions. While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep you and your family safe: Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night. Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children . Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey to a mountain lion. For more information about mountain lions http://www.keepmewild.org

Two Adults Arrested for Vehicle Theft and other Charges: Last evening (09/01/2017) at 9:03 PM, Hillsborough Police Department received a call from an alert citizen who reported a gray Ford F250 that was abandoned and appeared to have been involved in a collision in the area of Crystal Springs Road and Woodridge Road. Responding officers arrived on scene and determined that the vehicle was reported stolen from Hayward, California. An area search was immediately conducted and officers located Michael Martinez, a 36-year-old male from South San Francisco, on Ridgeway Road. Additionally, officers located Andres Theus Harris, a 27-year-old male from Oakland, California hiding in nearby shrubbery. After further investigation, both adults were arrested and transported to the San Mateo County Jail for vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal conspiracy, and Theus Harris faces an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine. The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking additional witnesses in this case. If you saw these subjects or their vehicle last evening, please give us a call at 650-375-7470. Additionally, we would like residents in this neighborhood to check their residential security camera systems and share any footage that could assist in this investigation. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant Investigations Bureau Commander ncorteway@hillsborough.net 650-375-7552 (Office) Press Information Contact: Doug Davis, Police Captain Patrol Division Commander ddavis@hillsborough.net

Is this your dog? Was found in the area of South School...no collar. He will be waiting for you at the Peninsula Humane Society 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401 (650) 340-7022

SUSPECT ARRESTED DURING PACKAGE THEFT INVESTIGATION: On 08/23/2017, Hillsborough Police Inspectors arrested 39 year-old Mathias Reis of Foster City in conjunction with an ongoing package theft investigation. Reis recently became a suspect in a March 2017 package theft case from Hillsborough. Hillsborough Inspectors were in the process of searching Reis’s residence during a probation search in Foster City when they discovered that he was in violation of court ordered restrictions. Reis was arrested and transported to the San Mateo County Jail. The investigation into the package theft case and additional cases is continuing. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant Investigations Bureau Commander 650-375-7552 ncorteway@hillsborough.net

Chief O'Connor, Captain Serrato, Lieutenant Corteway, Corporal Downes, Inspector Fritz, Inspector Chenier, Officer Kalkbrenner, and Community Service Officer McGuire were happy to attend the Hillsborough School District Welcome Back Breakfast today. As reminder, school is back in session in Hillsborough on Monday, August 28th. Please remember to drive with caution in school zones, watch for pedestrians, and allow for extra time during peak time periods. HPD wishes all faculty, staff, and students a great 2017-2018 school year!

Mail Theft Investigation: Recently, the Hillsborough Police Department has seen an increase in reported mail theft. On 08-21-2017, HPD received a report of a mail theft from two addresses on Downey Way in the northern part of Hillsborough. One resident captured the suspect and vehicle with their security cameras. The suspect vehicle is a 4-door blue sedan and the suspect appears to be a white or Hispanic female with blonde hair. You can review the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfP-Q_B2TIo If you recognize this suspect or vehicle, please contact the Hillsborough Police Department at 650-375-7470. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant Investigations Bureau Commander 650-375-7552 (Office) ncorteway@hillsborough.net Press Information Contact: Doug Davis, Police Captain Patrol Division Commander 650-375-7553 (Office) ddavis@hillsborough.net

Early this morning (8/21/17), two unidentified suspects were recorded on a homeowner's security camera rummaging through their vehicles. The crime occurred at 3:41 am in the 2400 block of Summit Drive. The suspects can be seen in the video gaining entry to two unlocked vehicles. There is no loss reported at this time. Suspect #1 appears to be a white male adult. He is seated in the vehicle wearing the hooded sweatshirt at the beginning of the video. Suspect #2 appears to be a white male, 5'10" - 6'0" tall with a thin build. He has long light brown hair. He was wearing a light colored t-shirt with light pants or faded blue jeans. He was wearing dark shoes with white soles. This is on ongoing investigation and we are looking for assistance from anyone in the area of the 2400 block of Summit Drive who has a surveillance camera facing the street. Please check your recordings around the time of 3:40 on 8/21/17 and if any vehicles were recorded in the area please contact HPD at (650) 375-7470. HPD would like to remind all residents remove anything of value and lock their vehicles when left unattended.

Charity Scams: The Hillsborough Police Department Investigations Bureau has received a number of calls recently regarding possible charity scams. These incidents have typically been fundraisers calling on behalf of police and firefighters or veteran and military families. We encourage you to strongly vet any charity before donating your money. As a resource, please see the Federal Trade Commission’s web page for helpful tips: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams We encourage you to contact HPD at 650-375-7470 and speak to an officer if you feel that you may have been victimized by a scam.

Residential Burglary Alert: The Hillsborough Police Department is investigating a residential burglary that occurred yesterday (08/13/2017) in the 2700 block of Skyfarm Drive. The burglary occurred between 3:40PM and 9:45PM. Based on the investigation it is believed that an unknown suspect(s) gained entry by opening a rear sliding door. The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking witnesses in this case. If you noticed any suspicious people or vehicles in this area during the time frame of the crime, please contact us at 650-375-7470. Additionally, we are asking residents who have residential video surveillance systems in this neighborhood to review their video and share any footage that may assist us in this investigation. As a reminder, the Hillsborough Police Department strongly encourages the use of residential burglar alarm and surveillance systems. We also offer free home security evaluations by appointment with our crime prevention specialists. To schedule an appointment, call 650-375-7470. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant ncorteway@hillsborough.net 650-375-7552 (Office) Press Information Contact: Doug Davis, Police Captain ddavis@hillsborough.net 650-375-7553 (Office)

Mountain Lion Activity: As part of HPD's wildlife monitoring program, we have noted recent Mountain Lion Activity in the area of Crystal Springs Road as well as the green belt area near Jacaranda Circle. As evidenced by the images captured on our wildlife cameras, Hillsborough represents a natural habitat for many species of animals including mountain lions. Mountain lions primary prey is deer, although they have also been known to attack many of the animals captured on our trail cameras as well as pets. Mountain lions are generally solitary, elusive and avoid human contact. Residents who live in these areas and/or live adjacent rural areas are reminded to keep their domesticated pets indoors during dawn, dusk and evening hours - Close & lock doors at night. Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions. While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep you and your family safe: Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night. Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children . Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey to a mountain lion. For more information about mountain lions http://www.keepmewild.org www.keepmewild.org

Is this your dog? Was found in the area of Tournament Drive...no collar. He will be waiting for you at the Peninsula Humane Society 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401 (650) 340-7022

Do you recognize this dog? A concerned citizen located this dog in the 800 block of Eucalyptus Avenue this morning with no tags. He will be on the way to Peninsula Humane Society shortly. Give us a call at 650-375-7470 or PHS at 650-340-7022 if you know where lives.

The Hillsborough Police Department would like to remind everyone fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks are illegal in the Town of Hillsborough (HMC 9.88.035). If you would like to report someone igniting fireworks please call HPD at 650-375-7470. If you see a fire or any dangerous situation please call 9-1-1.

Residential Burglary Investigation: On 06-22-2017, Hillsborough Police Department received a report of a residential burglary that occurred on Robinwood Lane. Investigators have determined that this burglary occurred between 9:00AM and 11:00AM. During the investigation, it was learned that a suspect was arrested by the San Bruno Police Department (See San Bruno Press Release). The suspect was found to be in possession of stolen property from the Hillsborough burglary. Hillsborough Police Department Inspectors are working closely with Detectives from the San Bruno Police Department and other allied law enforcement agencies on this investigation. If you witnessed any suspicious people or vehicles in this area during the time frame of the crime, please contact the Hillsborough Police Department at 650-375-7470. Additionally, we are asking residents who have video surveillance systems in this neighborhood to review their video and share any footage that may assist us in this investigation. Prepared by: Nelson T. Corteway, Police Lieutenant Investigations Bureau Commander ncorteway@hillsborough.net 650-375-7552 (Office) Press Information Contact: Doug Davis, Police Captain Patrol Commander ddavis@hillsborough.net 650-375-7553 (Office)