Crime Report

The following reports are gleaned from our APD Zone 6 (http://www.atlantapd.org/zone6.aspx) crime stats for the 2012 weeks of 28 and 29 (7/8 thru 7/21). Again, I state that these reports are not meant to scare anyone, but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to raise your level of awareness and alertness. The emphasis is on our VaHi Beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Auto Theft – One vehicle stolen from Frederica Street

Auto Theft Recovery – No reported recoveries from Beat 601

Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601
However there were at least 3 such incidents in the next week not on this report. These were daytime break-ins. Lock ALL doors and windows at your house before going to work in the daytime.

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601
However at the SunTrust Bank in East Atlanta on Flat Shoals Avenue a would-be robber gave the teller a note stating “Give me yo money $500” – the teller requested he fill out a withdrawal slip for that amount from his account. The wannabe robber left the bank with a withdrawal slip in his hand. No weapon reportedly shown.

Larceny From Vehicle – OK – here is where we have a BIG problem, not only here but all over Zone 6. Vehicles here were entered on Frederica Street, PDL Avenue, PDL Place, North Highland Avenue (4) and Greenwood Avenue (3). When filing a report for a break-in at the North Highland Avenue parking lot behind the American Roadhouse, Officer Bowser noted that out-of-the-area license plates are being singled out as opposed to local license plates, as these are more likely to have things to steal.

To give you an idea as to how BIG this problem is – in the two weeks of this report Zone 6 investigated 125 such break-ins!!! I would venture to guess that 75% (and probably more) of these incidents could have been prevented if there were no visible items left for stealing from these vehicles. If anyone has a fantastic idea as to how to curb these thefts by making more drivers aware – let me know. Yeah, we could have big signs all over the neighborhood stating that you have to park at your own risk since you are in a high crime area – but there has to be a better way to reach careless and unthinking drivers. The break-in incidents seem to be fewer in the parking lot behind the Post Office since owner Scott Stern let me put up a Clean Car Campaign banner at the back of that lot. Don’t know whether it is just luck or if folks really are reading that banner. These banners are about $100 if anyone else wants one for their off-street parking area – let me know.

Larceny Other – Two bicycles were stolen from a common area at a Greenwood Avenue apartment complex. Bikes need to be HIDDEN when not in use – not just propped up alongside the house. Yeah – your backyard or common area at condo/apartment complexes should be off-limits to unwanted visitors, but that is not the case anymore.
An unwatched purse was taken at a North Highland Avenue bar by another patron – with an arrest made. Another unwatched open-top purse at Noche had the billfold taken out.

Pedestrian Robbery – Two male pedestrians were walking away from Piedmont Park on Park Drive (west of Monroe) at 3 p.m. when another male pedestrian tried to take the backpack from one. A scuffle ensued as the victim fought back and he was cut on the wrist with a broken beer bottle. The perp fled on foot and the victims sought aid from a Monroe Drive resident who administered first aid and then called 911. The victim was taken to Grady for treatment. Thanks to the Monroe Drive resident who took care of these victims.

Nearby in L5P a purse was snatched at 5:30 a.m. in front of the Moreland Avenue Starbucks – the perp escaped in the darkness. An iPad was stolen from a bench-sitter at the Carter Center, and another purse was snatched from a Glen Iris Drive resident as she was walking to her apartment at 6:30 p.m. Two Masquerade patrons were robbed at gunpoint at 11:30 p.m. behind the PDL Avenue Kroger store.

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Crime Reports

The following reports are from our Zone 6 crime stats for the weeks of 10, 11, and 12 of 2012, with emphasis on our VaHi beat 601, but with news from around the Zone as it applies to us. Note that this current report includes 3 weeks of stats instead of the usual 2 weeks. Again, I state, these reports are not meant to scare anyone – but to make you aware of what happens around us everyday and to make plans to avoid situations whenever you can.

Aggravated Assault – No reported incidents in Beat 601.

But just south of here in Beat 602 on 3/19 @ 8:30 p.m. Officer Rebecca Bandy spied a male urinating in public on North Highland Avenue and stopped to make a public indecency arrest. Just as she got one cuff on the suspect he started to struggle, pulling down Officer Bandy and a good citizen intervened and helped to subdue the suspect til Officer Priest arrived to help. In the struggle Officer Bandy suffered a fractured tibia, which required surgery. She is now resting at home You can send get-well cards to Officer Rebecca Bandy at Zone 6, 2025 Hosea Williams Drive, S.E., ATL 30317. Just an example of what our officers have to put up with in the line of duty to protect us.

Auto Theft – No reported incidents in Beat 601.
What APD is doing to reduce these thefts at – http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaPolice/posts/393889853955216

Auto Theft Recovery – No recoveries reported in Beat 601

Residential Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601
There was yet another incident on Faith Avenue, S.E. where a doggie door was used for entry. Is it worth compromising your home’s security for the convenience of your pet?

Commercial Burglary – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Residential Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Commercial Robbery – No reported incidents in Beat 601

Larceny From Vehicle – Vehicles were entered on Park Drive (this victim was a GBI employee – wouldn’t you think they would know better than to leave their GPS in view?), North Highland Avenue (3), St. Charles Avenue (3), PDL Place (2), Maiden Lane, Virginia Avenue, PDL Avenue (2), Orme Circle, and Elmwood Drive. One of the North Highland incidents involved the loss of a laptop that was hidden (?) under the front seat – but the power cords were in plain sight.

This category of crime is way up here in Zone 6 and sadly, is a crime that can be prevented (for the most part), by simply remembering the Clean Car Campaign. Our officers spend a huge amount of time investigating and writing up these incidents – time that could be spent patrolling. Remind all visitors to clean out their parked car before enjoying time here in VaHi. We all have a responsibility to curb this crime category.

Landscaper trucks continue to be victims – with reports from Briarcliff Road and Lullwater Road (this victim even had his tools locked down with a bar and the bar was pried up for this theft). There was also a similar Morningside incident.
To see how serious this crime category is – all around the Zone in this 3 week time period there were 26 GPS systems taken, 34 laptops/tablets stolen, 3 more pistols added to the arsenal on the street as well as a hunting knife, 20 purses/wallets taken along with the contents, which represents a lot of ATM and credit/debit cards to be canceled, 10 I-Pods stolen, 12 cellphones gone, 11 backpacks with their contents swiped,and 6 cameras taken. There were also reports of one vehicle losing all 4 tires/wheels and another losing two tires/wheels – with the vehicles left propped up on bricks/cement blocks. Not much can be done about this sort of theft though unfortunately.

Larceny Other – A locked and chained bike was taken from Barnett Street. At the Briarcliff Summit building a resident lost a debit card to a visiting “friend”. I have been told this building’s sale to Evergreen is still on target for a May or June closing.
All around the Zone in this time period cell phones continue to be snatched from unaware owners – from restaurant tables, the sushi bar at the Edgewood Kroger and distracted pedestrians (including a skateboarder at Coan Park). Keep those phones in your pocket when not in use. I continually see pedestrians talking on their phones as they walk and are oblivious as to what is going on around them and I am sure you see the same thing.

Copper thieves continue on their rampage stealing A/C units, copper piping, electrical wires – mostly out of empty residences. No reports here in 601 yet.

Nearby in Zone 2 at the HobNob restaurant on Piedmont Avenue a “patron” took a laptop from behind the bar and at Ru San restaurant also on Piedmont – 5 males ran up a $121 tab and then left without paying.

Pedestrian Robbery – At the ATM at PDL Avenue at PDL Place at 9:30 p.m. the victim was approached by the perp who demanded money (no weapon shown) – the victim withdrew $300 and gave it up to the thief who fled on foot towards Maiden Lane.
South of here at 8:30 p.m. a victim was robbed at knife point behind the Edgewood Lowe’s store – the perp was caught using the stolen credit card at the nearby Target store right after the robbery.

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