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Atherton: Burglars break faucet, cause water damage to home

Police reported a burglary on the 400 block of Walsh Road over the weekend. Via Google Maps.

Someone broke into a home on the 400 block of Walsh Road in Atherton over the weekend. The burglar(s) broke a faucet in the process, causing "extensive water damage," according to a Nov. 13 Atherton police news bulletin.

Sometime between Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, someone smashed a first floor rear window to break in. This is the 45th residential burglary in town this year, said Sgt. Anthony Kockler in an email.

Police currently don't know the value of goods taken.

The home has security cameras, but police don't yet have the photos to see what was captured, Kockler said.

Police remind residents to lock their doors and set their security alarms. The Atherton Police Department offers free alarm monitoring, which includes dispatch of officers upon activation.

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Anyone who lives in the area of this burglary and saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact the Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500.

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Atherton: Burglars break faucet, cause water damage to home

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 15, 2021, 2:31 pm

Someone broke into a home on the 400 block of Walsh Road in Atherton over the weekend. The burglar(s) broke a faucet in the process, causing "extensive water damage," according to a Nov. 13 Atherton police news bulletin.

Sometime between Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, someone smashed a first floor rear window to break in. This is the 45th residential burglary in town this year, said Sgt. Anthony Kockler in an email.

Police currently don't know the value of goods taken.

The home has security cameras, but police don't yet have the photos to see what was captured, Kockler said.

Police remind residents to lock their doors and set their security alarms. The Atherton Police Department offers free alarm monitoring, which includes dispatch of officers upon activation.

Anyone who lives in the area of this burglary and saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact the Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500.

Angela Swartz

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Thoughtful
Registered user
Atherton: other
on Nov 15, 2021 at 10:28 pm
Thoughtful, Atherton: other
Registered user
on Nov 15, 2021 at 10:28 pm

"The Atherton Police Department offers free alarm monitoring, which includes dispatch of officers upon activation." This is in the article, as well as the linked press release from the Atherton police department.

Can the Almanac comment on the accuracy of this statement?

The monitoring used to be free. In 2019 I received a letter which stated:

"In an effort to reduce the number of false alarms within the Town of Atherton revisions to Chapter 8.04 of the Municipal Code, Alarm Systems, Section 8.04.050 were revised through the adoption of Ordinance No. 635, to include a required installation permit and fee. Each person installing an alarm system in any premises or building in the Town shall obtain an appropriate permit from the Building Department and pay a one-time installation fee of $100.00 (Initial Alarm Set Up fee). Therefore, each alarm permit shall be renewed annually on its anniversary of installation and a renewal fee paid to the Police Department. THE ANNUAL ALARM PERMIT RENEWAL FEE IS $50.00 [emphasis added]."

I payed the $50 in 2019. I did not receive invoices in 2020 or 2021.

Was Ordinance No. 635 rescinded? If not, it's inaccurate to state the monitoring is free. It costs $50 per year.


Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer
Registered user
another community
on Nov 16, 2021 at 1:14 pm
Angela Swartz, Almanac Staff Writer, another community
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Hi @Thoughtful, this is what the police chief reported to me!:

"Ordinance No. 635 was not rescinded and is still in force.

The initial residential alarm system installation permit fee is $100 with a $50 annual permit renewal fee.

The daily 24-hour monitoring of the residential alarm systems, by our Dispatch Center, is free.

Unfortunately, there were annual renewal permit fee billing issues in 2020 and 2021, which resulted in some residents not being billed for the $50 annual renewal fee. This has been corrected.

We do strongly encourage our residents to have their alarm system monitored by the PD for free, as it eliminates delays from an alarm monitoring company to notify the PD of the alarm. This direct notification to the PD allows us to respond to the alarm immediately."


Thoughtful
Registered user
Atherton: other
on Nov 16, 2021 at 4:02 pm
Thoughtful, Atherton: other
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2021 at 4:02 pm

OK. They can use creative labeling. Truthfully, it's no longer "free". It's $50/year.


Stinky Cheese Man
Registered user
Atherton: West of Alameda
on Nov 16, 2021 at 6:24 pm
Stinky Cheese Man, Atherton: West of Alameda
Registered user
on Nov 16, 2021 at 6:24 pm

This burglary occurred at roughly 497 Walsh. I live at 400 Walsh which was not burgled. When walking our dog on the afternoon after the burglary, my wife and I saw watch gushing between two properties on the opposite side of where we live. I think the confusion could stem from the way the police announced the burglary to the community as "400 block Walsh Rd"


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