Atherton police, citing recent reports of a residential burglary on Selby Lane and prowler sightings on nearby Cebalo Lane, are advising residents to lock their doors at night, arm their security systems if they have them, and call 911 immediately should they see a suspicious person in the yard.
The residential burglary took place in the first block of Selby Lane on July 3 sometime between midnight and 8 a.m., according to a report from the Atherton Police Department. The burglar used a rock to break a window, police said.
The following day, a resident of Cebalo Lane called police to report that someone had knocked on his door, then fled into the back yard. Officers responded, and while they were on the scene they received another 911 call from a Cebalo Lane resident reporting a prowler in the backyard, police said.
With the assistance of nearby agencies, officers searched the area but did not locate a suspect.
Atherton police received another report of a prowler from another Cebalo Lane resident on July 8, but not until several hours had already passed, police said.
Surveillance videos from the neighborhood led police to think that the prowler is entering Atherton at the fence line in the area of Renato Court in Redwood City.
Police recommend motion-activated lights outside as a deterrent to would-be burglars and thieves.