Rash of car burglaries reported in Lindenwood


Atherton police say an unknown suspect stole valuables and other items from five cars in Atherton's Lindenwood neighborhood between 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, and 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

Windows were smashed on four of the cars, which were parked in the first blocks of Fredrick Avenue and Lupin Lane and on the 200 block of Greenoaks Drive. Items were also taken from an unlocked vehicle in the first block of Wisteria Way, and a car was rummaged through on Rosewood Drive, police said.

Five of the cars were parked in driveways, and one was parked on the street in front of the victim's home. Four of the five victims said they had valuables in plain view inside the cars, including purses, electronic equipment and a gym bag, police said.

Police reminded residents to lock their doors and keep valuables out of sight or inside their homes.

Atherton police said they do not have any leads on the suspect(s) and request that anyone with information or surveillance video contact the police department at 650-688-6500.

— Barbara Wood


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Posted by Lindenwood Resident
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Time for Security Cameras at the four entrances to Lindenwood? It would be easy & inexpensive to install them.

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm

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Time for people to stop leaving their valuables in their cars!!! :(

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Posted by Onlooker
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm

I agree with Lindenwood Resident, Atherton needs to install ALPRs at their town borders. Since it is a high income area it will attract shady characters, just like what happened here in PV. However, after installation of cameras there have been ZERO major burglaries or robberies. I think the criminals got the message—it’s incredibly easy for law enforcement to discern residents from non-residents and hence they know it would be incredibly risky to commit a crime.

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Posted by MENLO
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Sounds like an inside job, since the burglaries have stopped.

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Posted by Alpr
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

Installing cameras is not inexpensive. To get a system with good resolution, control and download speed is more expensive than just going to Costco. ALPRs are expensive and need to be mounted properly to capture plates. So now the systems need to be installed properly and they are expensive to properly install. They are great tools. There are whole crews that traverse the Bay Area. Pure speculation that it’s an inside job. It’s tragic because you have a forum you can say anything you want without particular knowledge on the subject

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 8, 2018 at 10:26 am

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Citizens should weigh the cost of ALPRs against the costs associated with the crimes in terms of police investigation, inconvenience for repair/replace, actual loss, insurance, etc. and, of general public safety and peace of mind.

One of the unique things about Lindenwood is limited access which makes ALPRs a reasonable solution. Not many neighborhoods can do this.

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Posted by Too busy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2018 at 1:29 pm

The cops are too busy trying to catch a cyclist rolling a stop sign. It's a big city wide crackdown and they cannot be everywhere. After some cyclists have been ticketed they can focus on these lesser issues.

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Posted by 'Consolidated Virginia Mining Co
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

No cameras. Just look at the Portola Valley ALPR's. A total waste, just a cheap psychological boost for the over active imagination.

A completely ridiculous notion.

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