December 2, 2016

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks Forty-Five (10/30/16 – 11/5/16)

News and Notes


Virginia-Highland Civic Association Survey


The Virginia-Highland Civic Association Board, elected in September, is looking for input from association members as we make plans for 2017. Please follow the link below to complete a brief survey so that we can learn how to serve you better. 


All responses will remain anonymous, and the survey will remain open through Sunday, December 11th. Note that we are only seeking responses from residents of Virginia-Highland who are 18 years of age or older at this time. If you have questions, please contact kay.stpehenson@gmail.com.

A New Chief for APD


On Wednesday November 30th, Chief George N. Turner announced his intent to resign effective at the end of the year. Today Mayor Reed announced that Deputy Chief Erika Shields will be his replacement. During his tenure, Chief Turner made substantial changes and improvements within the department leading to improved morale, reduced crime, and recognition at the national level. 

Read more about Chief Turner in Maria Saporta’s report here http://saportareport.com/business-community-will-miss-atlanta-police-chief-george-turner/.

Here is the AJC story about the announcement of Shields http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/deputy-chief-erika-shields-named-atlanta-24th-chief-police/py8n46zr1qGtt25qAzKG2N/ She brings broad experience and education to the new role. Read her bio here http://www.atlantapd.org/deputychief-erikashields.aspx.

Video Camera Update


Judge Sterling Eaves has recently joined our Virginia-Highland Safety team and is taking the lead role on our program to install video cameras around the neighborhood. We currently have three operational cameras located at the intersection of Virginia and N. Highland, Maiden Lane between Ponce Place and Bonaventure, and Ponce de Leon Ave at Ponce de Leon Place. 

Three additional cameras have been funded by VHCA with matching funds from City Council representative Alex Wan. These have been installed at Frederica and Ponce de Leon, Ponce de Leon between Bonaventure and Somerset, and Ponce Place between St. Charles and Greenwood. As soon as Georgia Power connects the power to these cameras they will be online.

Three additional cameras are planned via an Invest Atlanta program that will locate twenty cameras throughout Zone 6. Our cameras are tentatively targeted for the intersections of N. Highland and Ponce de Leon, N. Highland and St. Charles and on Amsterdam near the entrance to Amsterdam Walk.

With these last three, we will have a total of nine cameras in Virginia-Highland. When we first spoke with Major Peek approximately a year ago, Atlanta Police Department identified fifteen locations where cameras were most needed. Judge Eaves will be working on a plan to raise funds for the remaining six cameras on that list during 2017. Stay tuned for how you can help.

A Holiday Safety Message from Major Peek


Good evening Zone Six Residents!

I hope and pray that everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve our citizens with commitment, courage, integrity and professionalism. Thus far, we have experienced another year of overall crime reductions. Currently, we are at an 8% decrease but we do recognize that we have experienced a recent increase in car break-ins over the last couple of weeks. To address the issue, we have increased patrols throughout the affected areas. We have also launched our 2016 APD Holiday Plan which includes moving our administrative officers into the field so that everyone has a part in patrolling and keeping our streets safe. 

As we enter into this holiday season at full stride, it is important for you to know what is happening in our community and how we can work together to help make our communities safer for us all. Our goal is to ensure that we have a safe holiday season. So, of course we are asking for each and every citizen to participate by partnering with us. We ask that you always keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious activity and call 911 immediately if you notice what is believed to be criminal activity. Do not engage with criminals! Please call police and allow the officers to engage the suspected persons. 

Please see the following tips:
  • When shopping online, if you’re not generally home to receive your packages, please consider having them shipped to a location where someone will be able to receive your packages. Perhaps your work office or a friend/neighbor that may be home. We usually see an increase of thefts where packages are taken from porches after being delivered.
  • When shopping at the malls, please keep your cars clear of any bags or packages. Place packages inside your trunks and if you need to go back into the mall for more shopping, it is a good idea to take enter your vehicle and exit the location and reenter the parking lot and park somewhere else. Criminals will often see victims placing items in their vehicles and when they go back into the mall, they know that they can break into your cars and take the items.
  • When pumping gas, lock your cars have your keys in your pockets. Do not leave your cars with purses and other items on your seats in plain view. Criminals are opening car doors and taking purses while ladies are not paying attention and watching the gas pumps. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • For our bar and club people, please guard your drinks so that no one can place any intoxicants in your drinks. Also, please do not assume that the person that you have been communicating with through social media only is safe. If possible, take a companion with you and gather as much information as you can on the person. Make the first 2 or 3 dates into double dates. Social media is convenient for good people as well as those who prey on good and innocent people.
  • Do not take strangers home with you. If intoxicated, do not accept rides from people that you have just met. They are considered as strangers until you really get to know them over time.
I know that these steps seem to be obvious but we are sharing the tips because we are seeing similar incidents too frequently. Because of the diversity of our community, we can’t assume that everyone is aware of the trends. In closing, we want everyone to have a wonderful closeout to 2016. By doing so will put you in place to have a great start to 2017.

“The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to create a safer Atlanta by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our citizens and building trust in partnership with our community.” 

Sincerely, 

Major T. D. Peek, Commander Zone Six Precinct 
Atlanta Police Department, 2025 Hosea Williams Drive 
Office - 404-371-5002 
City Cellular - 404-831-0824 

Fund a Fighter – PAL Guns N’ Hoses – A Knockout Event


Want to help out in a major way with our upcoming fundraiser this Thursday? Here's how you can help! The Guns N' Hoses event is the only fundraiser of the year for the Atlanta Police Athletic League. 

The charity event helps PAL provide programs and services that promote self-responsibility, academic achievement, and various social skills to the intercity youth of Atlanta. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised through Guns N’ Hoses go directly to support PAL youth. 

The Guns N’ Hoses Amateur Boxing Championship attracts Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMT’s and other First Responders from all over the Southeast who volunteer their time and talents to ensure our success. Those who help us out typically do so at their own expense. Atlanta PAL is currently seeking donations to help up to 20 volunteer boxers defray the costs associated with training, certification, and participation. 

Your contribution will help pay for their USA Boxing registration fees, equipment (shoes, tape, mouth guards, gloves, cup, and head gear), ring and trainers, lodging (for out-of-town participants) on the night of the event. 

The Atlanta Police Athletic League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, meaning your generous donation is tax deductible. For more information, visit 
https://www.gofundme.com/PALFundaFighter...

Zone 6 Toy Drive


Please remember that Zone 6 is collecting toys to help children throughout the zone have a happy holiday. New unwrapped toys are needed for children infant to 14 years old. Donations are being accepted now through December 14th, 2016. 

You can drop off toys at the precinct or on John Wolfinger’s porch 1054 Vance Avenue.  He will deliver toys to the precinct periodically as he accumulates a full car load. 

If anyone is feeling especially generous, it would be great to provide a bicycle and helmet to older children. Last year Virginia-Highland donated four bikes – two for girls and two for boys. 

Crime Statistics


The following information is taken from our APD Zone 6 report (http://atlantapd.org/Zone6.aspx). 
It includes information from the Virginia-Highland Beat 601 reported incidents along with relevant reports from other nearby beats. Keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. A map showing the location of beats 601 – 612 within Zone 6 can be found at this link 

http://boundaries.atlantapd.org/Map-Zone6-Beats.aspx. This information is not shared to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us every day so you can be alert and aware.

Homicide None in Beat 601 and one in Zone 6.

Rape None in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery None in Beat 601 and five in Zone 6.

Residential Robbery None in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Commercial Robbery None in Beat 601 and one in Zone 6.

Aggravated Assault None in Beat 601 and five in Zone 6.

Residential Burglary None in Beat 601 and twelve in Zone 6.

Commercial Burglary None in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Larceny From Vehicle Three in Beat 601 and Forty-one in Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Bonaventure, N. Highland, and St. Louis Place. Entry was made through broken windows and an unlocked door. Items taken included golf clubs, clothing, two laptops and a book bag.

Other Larcenies Three in Beat 601 and eighteen in Zone 6.

On Halloween, a resident was using his iPhone to play music over speakers outside his home. After a group of trick-or-treaters left he realized the music had stopped and discovered the phone was gone.

On November 2nd, someone stole the parking lot cash box from 1056 N. Highland Ave.

On November 5th, someone shoplifted two bracelets from Halfmoon Outfitters on N. Highland Ave.

Auto Theft None in Beat 601 and seven in Zone 6.

If this report was forwarded to you and you would like to be added to the distribution, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.

Stay Safe!


Kay Stephenson

December 1, 2016

Report for November, 2016 - Virginia Highland Security Patrol (FBAC)

The activity report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts

Directed Patrols:  32
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  31
Suspicious person:  4
Alarm Response:  7
Suspicious Vehicle:  2
Parking Complaints:  5
Noise Complaints:  3
Out of town Checks:  20
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  9
Lost Person:  0
Street Obstruction:  0
Wanted Persons:  0
Intoxicated Persons:  0
Found Property:  0
Criminal Trespass:  0
Info for Officers:  3
Shots Fired:  0
Calls for service (cell Phone):  6


News and Notes


Larcenies from vehicles increased over the last reporting period. Be mindful to not leave items in plain view inside of your vehicle.

As the holiday season approaches, please mind your surroundings as you do your shopping. Park in well lighted areas and look around as you park and return to your vehicle. Do not leave gifts inside of your vehicle for criminals as an easy target. Be careful and have a safe and happy holiday season.

Significant Incidents


Burglary on Pylant


On October 29th, a burglary was reported at Good Works Loft Offices and the first responding officer found a window that had been pried off the backside of the building. Several businesses are located in the building and a business called 5 Seasons was burglarized. The door to this business was kicked in. A Microsoft Surface, computer monitor, an older MacBook and an iPad were taken. The video camera on the back of the building was also damaged, and a video projector from a communal conference room was stolen.

Robbery on Briarcliff Terrace


On November 8th, police were called to the apartments on Briarcliff Terrace. Two males argued about payment on a moving job they had worked together. They began fighting and one pulled a knife. At this point the victim gave the suspect all of his money and the suspect fled. The victim believes that the suspect lives in the complex and police have a description and photograph.

Burglary on Adair Avenue


On November 13th police responded to a burglary on Adair Avenue. The victim stated that someone broke into her home via a pried open door and stole a range/oven. The home is under construction and did not have an active alarm system. There was a dead bolt on the door but it was not engaged. This burglary apparently happened prior to November 10th as a neighbor reported seeing drag marks on the driveway where the appliance was moved to the street.

Reminders


All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone. The phone number is (770) 310-0871 and is also on the schedule that is emailed to you monthly.


If you see someone or something suspicious, please report it to the police.  When driving or out walking keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.


Note: Part one crime statistics from the Atlanta Police Department are available online and will be included in the VaHi Safety Team Reports which are distributed by Neighborhood Watch approximately twice per month. These statistics will no longer be duplicated here. If you have questions about this change, please send a message to vahisafety@gmail.com.


If you do not know who your street captain is, please send a message to ebarrsafety@gmail.com with your name and street address, and Eleanor Barrineau will connect you.


November 17, 2016

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks 42, 43 and 44 (10/9/16 through 10/29/16)

News and Notes


Wanted by Atlanta PD


One of our APD Detectives has asked that we keep a lookout for Gilbert Earl Conley. He is suspected of multiple high-end bike thefts, and has been targeting Ponce City Market, Inman Park, Emory University and Decatur areas. A flyer with more information and photograph is attached. If you see him please call 911 and provide as much information as you can, including what he is wearing, where you see him, and which direction he is headed.


Safety Tips When Shopping Through Online Classified Ad Sites


Lt. Floyd from Atlanta Police Department attend the VHCA meeting on Monday October 16th and spoke with us about crime in the area. A common crime at this time of year is the advertisement of items for s
ale on websites like Craig’s List. When the customer shows up to purchase the item, they are r
obbed. 

He recommends that if you do want to buy something you see on an online website, only agree if you can conduct the transaction at the Zone 6 Precinct. The address is 2015 Hosea L Williams Drive. Police are happy to allow you to use this location, and if someone is unwilling to meet there, it is probably a good idea not to go forward with the purchase.

Toy Drive


Once again Zone 6 is collecting new unwrapped toys for children ages infant to fourteen. This year they hope to provide a happy holiday for 100 children, so your generosity is needed. 

No need to drive down to the precinct. Just drop you toys off on John Wolfinger’s front porch at 1054 Vance Avenue. As soon as he collects a car load he delivers for the whole neighborhood. 

Toys will be accepted up until December 14th for the party that takes place on the 17th, but why wait? Get your shopping done early so that our friends at Atlanta Police Department know they won’t have to disappoint any deserving child this year.

Holiday Safety Tips from Officer F. Dodson


As the holidays are approaching fast, we want to make sure that all citizens are keeping safe, and doing all they can to reduce criminal activity.  The following two videos have simple tips to help keep vehicles from being broken into.

2015 Holiday PSA

Halloween Clean Car PSA

New Nextdoor Feature Explained by Suzanne Forte from APD Public Affairs


Nextdoor has added a new feature allowing residents to forward important Crime & Safety messages with the Atlanta Police Department via Nextdoor.

Please know that the new feature is NOT a tool to report emergencies or file an official crime report. Please continue to call 9-1-1 to report crime and suspicious activity.

You can learn more about forwarding crime and safety messages to APD by clicking on this link, (https://help.nextdoor.com/customer/en/po...)

As always, APD cannot view any content that you do not choose to directly forward to the Atlanta Police Department. We cannot see the posts and replies that are made in your neighborhood.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at sdforte@atlantaga.gov or 404-546-2530. 
Thank you for your partnership in making Atlanta safer.

CALEA Assessment for Atlanta PD


The Atlanta Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday December 6, 2016, at 6:00 pm. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located at City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta Georgia 30303

You may also offer comments by calling 478-550-0512 on December 6, 2016, between the hours of 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.  Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the Standards is available at the Public Safety Headquarters, 226 Peachtree Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.  Local contact is Lieutenant M. Ablan, 404-546-2632.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Atlanta Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or www.calea.org

Crime Statistics


The following information is taken from our APD Zone 6 report (http://atlantapd.org/Zone6.aspx). 
It includes information from the Virginia-Highland Beat 601 reported incidents along with relevant reports from other nearby beats. Keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. 

A map showing the location of beats 601 – 612 within Zone 6 can be found at this link http://boundaries.atlantapd.org/Map-Zone6-Beats.aspx

This information is not shared to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us every day so you can be alert and aware.

Homicide None in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

Rape None in Beat 601 and one in Zone 6.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery None in Beat 601 and twenty in Zone 6.

Residential Robbery None in Beat 601 and one in Zone 6.

Commercial Robbery None in Beat 601 and four in Zone 6.

Aggravated Assault One in Beat 601 and eight in Zone 6.
On October 18th during the evening, a waitperson at Fontaine’s was confronted by a person who came in off the street and began yelling. With the victim asked the man to leave, the man threw a hot cup of coffee on the victim. The suspect left but was spotted around the corner and was arrested. The arrestee was 59 year old Curtis Kidd. 

Residential Burglary None in Beat 601 and twenty-eight in Zone 6.

Commercial Burglary One in Beat 601 and five in Zone 6.

On October 29th computer and video equipment was stolen from Good Works Loft offices on Pylant while the business was closed. It appears that the rear window was pried open and the front door kicked in. 

Larceny From Vehicle Ten (total of 13 vehicles) in Beat 601 and one hundred and seventeen in Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Maiden Lane, North Highland Avenue, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ponce de Leon Place, St. Charles Avenue.

Entry was made via broken windows, damaged door locks, and from the open bed of a pick-up truck.

Taken were three MacBook Pros and three other laptops, four iPads, an iPhone 6S, DJ mixer, three bookbags, musical equipment, two purses containing credit cards and ID, tool box with copper fittings, clothing and bar tools.

Other Larcenies Six in Beat 601 and fifty-seven in Zone 6.

On October 16th cash was taken from the tip box at The Local.

On October 17th a mountain bike was stolen which had been locked up on a balcony.

On October 24th a scooter was stolen from Frederica and found by someone at Freedom Park & North Ave. This was reported to the owner via email. However, before the owner could go to the scene and reclaim the scooter it was taken again. 

On October 25th a Samsung tablet was stolen from Cantoni on Monroe.

On October 29th a bicycle was stolen from a car parked on Frederica. The bicycle was not secured in the vehicle. 

Also on October 29th the lock was broken off a community mail box at a complex on Greenwood. A package was stolen and the empty packaging was found by the victim. 
Please note the two bike thefts. We don’t know that these thefts are connected to Gilbert Earl Conley who is being sought by police. However, we do believe that he may be operating in our area. If possible, please try to secure bicycles inside your residence.

Auto Theft None in Beat 601 and twenty-seven in Zone 6.

Stay Safe!


Kay Stephenson