December 11, 2017

VaHi Safety Team Report November 2017

News and Notes
Once again, all crime in Virginia-Highland during the past month was property crime including thirteen larceny-from-vehicle reports and six other larcenies. Please clean out your vehicle of all belongings and encourage any visitors you have to the neighborhood to do the same. If we present a target rich environment, thieves will continue to prey on our neighborhood. And while we are fortunate that we are not experiencing violent crimes at this time, APD also would like to put an end to these thefts.

Also, as you can see from the report below elsewhere in the zone serious crimes are taking place. Burglaries, stolen vehicles, stolen firearms being used in armed robberies

A Message from Major Peek Regarding Zone 6 Burglary Arrests

Good evening Zone 6,

Recently, we have experienced an increase in burglaries. Please know that Zone 6 APD has been working diligently to identify the persons responsible. We are also partnering with other APD Zones and our surrounding law enforcement partners including the DeKalb County Police Department. Please know that we severely concerned with the incidents and as a result, we need your help. We know that many crimes are being committed by using stolen vehicles. Unfortunately, many stolen vehicles are being taken because spare keys are being left in vehicles. If possible, please do not leave extra keys in your vehicles. We also ask that you do not leave garage remote controls inside your vehicles overnight. We do not want to make it easy for criminals to be successful. Additionally, please do not leave firearms inside your vehicles. The clean car campaign is real and it is clear that criminal are shopping by entering vehicles looking for valuable items. Let’s not let Zone 6 be known as the best place to shop. We want to keep our communities safe.

In attempts to help, please make sure that you pay attention to what’s happening around your neighborhoods. If you see suspicious or obvious illegal activity, please do not confront anyone. Please call police immediately and report the crime as a crime in progress. Please stay on the line with the dispatcher so that responding police units can receive live updates as they arrive. If you have video, please do not hesitate to forward to police so that we can determine if it is usable. Also, don’t forget to keep lights on at night. We want to do all that we can to ensure that we have safe and livable communities. Thank you for all that you do to support your law enforcement partners. You are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

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

Reminder: 6th Annual Toy Drive and Giveaway for APD Zone 6

Just a quick reminder that John Wolfinger is still collecting new unwrapped toys through this Wednesday the 13th. Just drop them off on his front porch at 1054 Vance Avenue. If anyone is feeling especially generous, we have not had any bicycles donated this year, and we always need some gifts for older children as well. The officers of Zone 6 are hoping to have toys for over 100 children this year, so your gifts are truly appreciated.

Holiday Shopping Safety

It’s that time of year when we are shopping both at local shops and online and will have many more packages than usual. Please remember basic safety practices. If you make several purchases and decide to leave them in your vehicle while you continue to shop, please make sure they are out of sight. Also, if possible, move your vehicle to a new location so that thieves who may be watching don’t know what you hid in the trunk. In a crowded parking lot, they can be in and out of your vehicle in a couple of minutes with the treasures you hoped to put under the tree.

For online purchases, please do not have packages delivered to your home unless you will be there to receive them. You can ship packages to your office, or take advantage of the package deliver service offered by our good friends at Morningstar Storage. Just stop in and fill out a waiver form and give them you contact information. Then you can have packages delivered securely and they will hold them for your pick-up.

You can also do ship-to-store with some of our shops like Intown Ace. Find what you want on their website (where they have a larger selection), then have it shipped to the store and pick it up here in the neighborhood.

Fire Safety Tip

Representatives from Atlanta Fire Rescue report out at every NPU-F meeting. At a recent meeting we learned that a common cause of house fires are bathroom fans that are left running for extended periods of time. Apparently, the motors in the typical fan of this type is not designed to run for hours on end, so when we flip it on after a shower and then head off to work, there is a risk that it could overheat and cause a fire. From now on, we will be using the fan to clear the steam from the room and then turning it off before we head off for our day. 

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 one in Zone 6.

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

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

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

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

Residential Burglary None reported for Beat 60, and forty-three for Zone 6.

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

Larceny From Vehicle Thirteen reported for Beat 601, and One hundred and fifty-four for Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Adair Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue, Highland View, Los Angles Avenue (2), Maiden Lane, Orme Circle, Saint Charles Avenue (2), Virginia Avenue (3) and Virginia Avenue @ Trolley Square.

Other Larcenies six reported for Beat 601, and One hundred and ninety for Zone 6.

Auto Theft None reported for Beat 601, and twenty-seven 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!

Kay Stephenson

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.