November 15, 2017

VaHi Safety Team Report October 2017

News and Notes


Attempted Sexual Assault on Greenwood


On October 28th a woman was walking home from Atkins Park along Greenwood. When she reached her front porch a stranger in a spider man mask cornered her and exposed himself. Fortunately, the woman called for help and neighbors responded scaring this man off before he could do even more harm. The resident believes the man followed her all the way from the restaurant/bar, but because the street was dark and trees and shrubbery provide good hiding spots, she did not see him until he confronted her.


Please take this opportunity to look around your residence. Is there enough light around your entry to deter someone from approaching you or prevent someone from taking you by surprise? Do you have shrubbery or trees that need to be trimmed so that street lights can be effective? If you have good lighting, do you leave it on at night for the benefit of others passing by on the sidewalk. We encourage everyone to turn on outside lights every night and leave them on all night. City street lights are intended to light the street making the road safe for vehicles. While these lights cast some illumination on sidewalks, good lighting on the fronts of buildings and residential porches can greatly improve visibility on sidewalks.

6th Annual Toy Drive and Giveaway for APD Zone 6


Our own Officer F. Dodson is once again reaching out to our community with a request for help with the Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway. Several members of the VHCA safety committee helped with the party last year and we just can’t tell you how trilled the children were to meet and receive gifts from Santa. There was also a wonderful turkey dinner with all the fixings, music and games, and a chance to meet the APD horses and explore a firetruck and police car.


As in past years, John Wolfinger will be collecting new unwrapped toys on his front porch at 1054 Vance Avenue. No need to knock, just leave your contribution on the screened porch. John will deliver gifts to the precinct whenever he has a full car load. Toys are already piling up.


If anyone would like to donate a check, make it payable to: “Atlanta Police Foundation, C/O Zone Six Toy Drive”. Mail your check to 2025 Hosea L. Williams Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317.


Please be generous. Our gifts can really make the holidays for a family that is struggling, and the event helps to break down barriers between the community and police department.

Pedestrian Robbery in Morningside


On Monday evening (October 30, 2017) at 8:00 pm, a Morningside resident was robbed at gunpoint near the Wells Fargo ATM next to Alon's.  The victim’s statement follows with the description of the suspects removed. The description is insufficient to identify these individuals as it only includes race, gender and that the suspects wore dark clothing.


On Monday night 10/30 at 8:00 pm at the Wells Fargo ATM adjacent to Alon's, I was robbed at gunpoint.  Two [suspects] approached me as I was walking back to my car, that was parked next to the ATM.  They told me to give them wallet, keys, phone, etc.  I dropped everything and slowly walked away from the vehicle.  When I saw them fumbling inside my car to get it started, I dashed away and flagged down a car on N Highland.  A good Samaritan and I called 911 and the police responded in about 10 minutes.  Somehow, thieves couldn't start my car and abandoned the scene with only my wallet and phone that haven't been recovered.  I am working with the Coldwell Banker landlord to recover video footage from the parking lot.


Please be very careful when out and about after dark – even in the early evening. Always be aware of your surroundings and if you see anything that makes you uncomfortable do not exit your vehicle, or if on foot head toward lights and activity. You are less likely to become a victim where there are others around to witness an incident. Also, if you are approached by someone who is armed give them your valuables and get away safely. There is no property you have that is worth your life.  

Crime Statistics


These statistics are pulled from the APD Open Data Portal http://opendata.atlantapd.org/Default.aspx. It includes reports from Beat 601 and Zone 6 as a whole. Because this data was pulled from an online data file and not from a prepared report with narrative which has been provided by APD in the past, I have no additional information or context that I can provide for any of these incidents.


Homicide None reported in Beat 601, and one in Zone 6.

Rape None reported in Beat 601, and four in Zone 6.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery None reported in Beat 601, and seventeen in Zone 6.

Residential Robbery None reported in Beat 601, and two in Zone 6.

Commercial Robbery One reported in Beat 601, and four in Zone 6.

Aggravated Assault None reported for Beat 601, and thirteen for Zone 6.

Residential Burglary One reported for Beat 60, and forty-four for Zone 6.

Commercial Burglary None reported for Beat 601, and five reported for Zone 6.

Larceny From Vehicle Thirteen reported for Beat 601, and one hundred and sixty two for Zone 6.
Vehicles were entered on Drewry Street (2), Frederica Street, Greenwood Avenue, Los Angeles Ave, Maryland Avenue, Park Drive, Ponce De Leon Avenue, Rosewood Drive, St. Charles Avenue, and Virginia Avenue (3).

Other Larcenies Two reported for Beat 601, and eighty-eight for Zone 6.

Auto Theft One reported for Beat 601, and twenty-eight reported for Zone 6.
If you are a resident and not connected with your street captain, please send a message to safety@vahi.org to be introduced.
If you are not a resident but would like to be added to the distribution for these reports, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.

Stay Safe!

Report for October 2017 - Virginia-Highland Security Patrol

FBAC Security Patrol
September 26 through October 22 2017
                              The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts
Directed Patrols  18
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  20
Suspicious person:  8
Alarm Response:  2
Suspicious Vehicle:  0
Parking Complaints:  0
Noise Complaints:  0
Out of town Checks:  9
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  3
Lost Person:  0
Street Obstruction:  0
Wanted Persons:  0
Intoxicated Persons:  0
Found Property:  0
Criminal Trespass:  0
Info for Officers:  2
Shots Fired:  0
Calls for service (cell Phone):  3



News and Notes
NO SIGNIFICANT INCIDENTS THIS REPORTING PERIOD THRU 10/22/17
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
    • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
    • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


Reminder:  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 available to members and included with your monthly e-mail.

October 9, 2017

VaHi Safety Team Report September 2017

News and Notes

Note that all crime in Virginia-Highland during the month of September was property crime including sixteen larceny-from-vehicle reports. Though on occasion thieves will go through a parking lot or down a street breaking windows without finding anything to steal, in the clear majority of these cases, something that looked interesting was left visible. Please clean out your vehicle of all belongings and encourage any visitors to the neighborhood to do the same. If we present a target rich environment, thieves will continue to prey on our neighborhood.

A Message from Major Peek Regarding Zone 6 Burglary Arrests 



​Good evening Zone Six Community, 

Recently, we have experienced a cluster of home burglaries in the neighborhoods of East Lake, Kirkwood and East Atlanta. We are happy to report that during this same period, we have made 4 burglary arrests and we are still attempting to identify other suspects. In each of the situations, alert neighbors were able to quickly report the suspicious behavior to 911 operators, who immediately dispatched police officers to the areas. We want to thank the alert neighbors for not hesitating to report the suspicious behavior. As mentioned in previous situations, it is always best to ensure that you do not alert suspects by yelling or challenging them but call police immediately so that they can apprehended. At this time, one suspect has been linked to criminal activity at 4 locations. The investigation is ongoing and we hope to clear additional locations. Again, thank you for being alert citizens.
Sincerely,

Major T. D. Peek Commander Zone Six Precinct
Atlanta Police Department
2025 Hosea Williams Drive Office
404-371-5002
Efax - 404-546-9110

Rock Springs Armed Robbery & Shooting


The following report is excerpted from our counterpart in Piedmont Heights who provided this information on 10/4/17.

Dear Neighbors, Many of you have heard of the shocking armed robbery and shooting early this morning on Rock Springs.  And, no doubt some residents heard the gunfire.  Thank you to the resident who called 911.

I just spoke to Major Shaw, APD Zone 2 Commander.  So far this is what they know:  it seems that a crew … committed armed robbery on Moreland, Ralph David Abernathy, and then on Rock Springs.  The incident on Rock Springs occurred when a couple, who are not Piedmont Heights residents, were changing a flat tire.  The crew drove up in a Black SUV, robbed them at gunpoint.  Apparently, one of the robbery victims verbally taunted the robbers.  And one of the robbers shot him.  He’s in stable condition at Grady Hospital.


Major Shaw and his team of investigators already has 1 video clip from a resident.  PLEASE contact me and Lt. Singh, if you or a neighbor has any video of this incident.  This will help them as they continue to gather evidence.

Know that APD has made this a top priority. 

Susan Kanellos, PHCA Public Safety Chair

Reports of Aggressive Pan Handling in the Neighborhood


Recently we have heard a few reports of newcomers panhandling aggressively and intimidating passers-by, especially around the triangle and the gas station at N. Highland Avenue and Virginia Avenue. It is possible that the uptick in this sort of activity is partially due to the closing of local and downtown shelters. The United Way is leading a group of many service providers who are slowly evaluating the residents of Peachtree Pine to determine what services each individual requires and helping them to connect with those services. However, not all will be amenable to those recommendations.

While we all want to be compassionate to those who are less fortunate, please be cautious about approaching anyone who is behaving in an aggressive manner. Behaviors that are unacceptable include shouting obscenities, aggressively demanding money or other handouts, physically blocking your path or in some other manner posing a real physical threat. Please do not engage with an individual who is presenting this type of behavior. Get to a safe place and then call 911 for assistance.

Halloween Safety Tips

In this issue of the Atlanta City Council District Six Newsletter, Alex Wan’s offices shares the following suggestions for trick-or-treaters.
Fall celebrations like Halloween are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Check out these tips from the CDC to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters.
 
·         Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
·         Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
·         Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
·         Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
·         Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
·         Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
·         Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
·         Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
·         Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
·         Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
·         Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
·         Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
·         Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Find Alex Wan’s complete District 6 Newsletter here.

Crime Statistics


These statistics are pulled from the APD Open Data Portal http://opendata.atlantapd.org/Default.aspx. It includes reports from Beat 601 and Zone 6 as a whole. Because this data was pulled from an online data file and not from a prepared report with narrative which has been provided by APD in the past, I have no additional information or context that I can provide for any of these incidents.

Homicide None reported in Beat 601, and none in Zone 6.

Rape None reported in Beat 601, and four in Zone 6
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Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery None reported in Beat 601, and thirteen in Zone 6.

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

Commercial Robbery None reported in Beat 601, and two in Zone 6.

Aggravated Assault None reported for Beat 601, and twenty-one for Zone 6.

Residential Burglary None reported for Beat 60, and thirty for Zone 6.

Commercial Burglary None reported for Beat 601, and seven reported for Zone 6.

Larceny From Vehicle Sixteen reported for Beat 601, and One hundred and sixty-two for Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Bellevue Drive, Briarcliff Road, Clemont Drive, Frederica Street, N. Highland (5), Orme Circle, Ponce de Leon Avenue (5), and Virginia Avenue (2).

Other Larcenies Three reported for Beat 601, and One hundred and sevety-three for Zone 6.

Auto Theft One reported for Beat 601, and sixteen reported for Zone 6.

If you are a resident and not connected with your street captain, please send a message to safety@vahi.org to be introduced.

If you are not a resident but would like to be added to the distribution for these reports, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.

Stay Safe!

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Kay E. Stephenson
Safety Committee, Virginia-Highland Civic Association