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Atherton welcomes nearly complete new civic center, grapples with burglaries in 2021

Original post made on Jan 10, 2022

A new $32 million civic center, a wave of burglaries and state housing mandates were major focuses in Atherton last year.

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Posted by Really !
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 10, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Really ! is a registered user.

Perhaps redirect APD's efforts towards burglaries and serious crime
AND AWAY from traffic stops.
I get the [email protected] every day and am disturbed that (on avg)
MORE THAN HALF the APD activity is traffic enforcement.
This is a major issue the Town Council is not effectively addressing.

Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 11, 2022 at 9:27 pm

Thoughtful is a registered user.

The burglary issue is very, very serious.

If it's not safe to live in Atherton, property values are going to go down. It's going to happen, and is a matter of time.

The rationale of paying top dollar for our own police department has been for safety.

What's going wrong here?

Who's going to tell the emperor he has no clothes?

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 12, 2022 at 8:04 am

MenloVoter. is a registered user.


part of the problem is that, even though residents can have their alarms tied directly to the police department for a faster response, they don't use them. I build in Atherton and every home I've built has and an alarm system. And I can count on one hand the number of owners that use the systems on a regular basis. When a home is behind tall walls it is virtually impossible for anyone to see into the property to see a burglary in progress. That is why alarms are so important to use. The residents of Atherton need to look at themselves, at least in part, for high burglary rates. A house with an alarm system that is used is a "hardened target" and the crooks quickly figure this out and go somewhere else.

And for those that complain the APD makes too many traffic stops, why do you think they make those stops and who do you think they're stopping? They're profiling and stopping people that don't look like they belong.

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