January 30, 2017

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks 46 and 51 (11/6/16 – 12/17/16)

News and Notes

Please note this is a report for six weeks of data. Due to the demands of the holiday schedule APD is just getting caught up on reports to the community. Because of the large volume of data, crime may appear high, but averaged over time, it is about normal for this time of year. However, thefts from auto at thirty-six over a six-week period is high and of concern.

Street Captains Needed

Recently the safety team did a refresh of our list of street, block and building captains and discovered we have a few areas in the neighborhood where residents have not been receiving these VaHi safety reports. To fill the gaps, we are looking for a point person to handle this simple task on the streets below. As experienced captains, we are hoping you may know someone on these streets that would be a good candidate.
Streets needing a Captain:   

Amsterdam Av (Monroe to Beltline)
Barnett St (Highland View to St Charles)   
Bellevue Dr  
Bonaventure Av  
Briarcliff Ct  
Briarcliff Pl (Barring condo bldg.)
Briarcliff Rd (Ponce to Virginia)
Briarcliff Ter  
Greenwood Av (N Highland to Barnett)
Monroe Dr  
N. Highland Av (CVS to Rosedale Dr)
Park Dr (West of Monroe)
Saint Augustine Pl  
Stillwood Dr (Los Angeles to Rosedale)
Virginia Av (N Highland to Rosedale) 
Virginia Av (Rosedale to Briarcliff)

If you have someone in mind, please contact Eleanor Barrineau ebarrsafety@gmail.com or Deborah Schwarz at gweazle@yahoo.com. We are always interested in bringing in new folks to our safety effort, so if you know anyone who may be interested in getting involved with safety, encourage them to come to our March 4th meeting.  Another great opportunity for folks who want to get involved with the neighborhood is VHCA's Open House on January 29th (details below).

Neighborhood Watch Safety Meeting

We are excited to announce that our next Street Captain meeting will be Saturday March 4th at 10 am at Church of Our Saviour on Los Angeles at N. Highland.
An agenda will be sent later, but we hope to have a presentation about security cameras/police bodycams, as well as an opportunity to update the attendees on neighborhood safety initiatives and share best practices from the Captains.
As with our other Street Captain meetings, all residents interested in safety are encouraged to attend.

VHCA Committee Open House

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association is holding a committee open house on Sunday January 29th at DBA Barbecue from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Come out and learn more about what VHCA does for the neighborhood and how you can get involved to make Virginia-Highland better. Free appetizers and cash bar. http://vahi.org/vhca-to-host-committee-open-house/.

CourtWatch Lunch & Learn on Gangs

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, through their CourtWatch Program is sponsoring a series of “lunch and learn” sessions on a variety of topics. On January 20th, they hosted a panel of experts from APD, Fulton County Police, Fulton County Schools, and the Assistant District Attorney responsible for gang prosecutions. We learned that in metro Atlanta we have a total of 135 gangs with approximately 2,200 identified members.
Most the local gangs are affiliated with the Bloods. In addition, there are gangs affiliated with the Inglewood Family and Crips (all California based gangs), and Gangster Disciples. There are also many juvenile gangs such as Down for Whatever (DFW) active in Atlanta. For the juvenile gangs, drug use is pervasive.
A few highlights from the discussion:
·         It is not illegal to be in a gang. To charge an individual with being in a criminal street gang, they must be engaged in criminal behavior.
·         The age range in local gangs is 12 – 30 years old. Older members run the gang. Often the younger members join as a family substitute.
·         The primary reason that gang members are breaking into cars is to find guns. If they break into 100 cars and net 2-3 guns, then that’s a good night.
·         There is a connection between some rap music businesses and gangs. Some rappers were members of gangs as youths and bring other gang members with them into the business as they achieve success.
·         Georgia is currently the number one recruitment area for national gangs.
·         Gangs don’t need to be physically present to recruit within a neighborhood. They are using social media to recruit young people.

Body Cameras

Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 has recently implemented body cameras for all officers. Read more about this program on the VHCA website http://vahi.org/local-police-officers-will-soon-be-wearing-bodycams/.

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 three in Zone 6.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery Two in Beat 601 and twenty-four in Zone 6.
On November 8th, the victim asked an acquaintance to assist him with a job. Once the work was completed there was a dispute over payment and the acquaintance and victim began to fight. The acquaintance pulled a knife and after taking all of the money, he fled.
On December 8th, a man was assaulted on Cresthill Avenue. He was struck in the head with a pistol. The suspect demanded his keys, but then fled without taking them. Fortunately, Officers Sheppard, Williams and Dobbler mounted on officers Joke, Oreo and Jake were able to apprehend three juvenile suspects who were charged with criminal attempt at robbery. Three cheers for the mounted patrol.

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

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

Aggravated Assault None in Beat 601 and twenty-two in Zone 6. 

Residential Burglary Two in Beat 601 and sixty-one in Zone 6.
On November 13th, a residence under construction on Adair was burglarized via a pried open back door. A stove was taken.
On December 4th, the rear doors of a residence on Drewry were damaged, but nothing was taken.

Commercial Burglary Eight in Beat 601 and nineteen in Zone 6.
On November 29th, several businesses at 695 Pylant were burglarized. Entry was made through a damaged door.

Larceny From Vehicle Thirty-six in Beat 601 and 271 in Zone 6.
Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam, Hudson, Lanier, Los Angeles, Maiden Lane, Maryland Ave., N. Highland, Rosedale Road, St. Charles Avenue, St. Louis Place, Virginia. Entry was made via broken windows, unlocked doors (nothing taken), and from a landscape truck (tools were secured with cables but the suspect had bolt cutters). Victims lost backpacks, a briefcase, five tablets, headphones, two Stihl blowers, multiple cameras, eighteen laptops, a set of golf clubs, and miscellaneous clothing and other personal items.
In one case the bag that previously contained two laptops and an iPad was found by AFR on I-20 during a suspicious package call.
Cameras did catch at least one of the break-ins on Ponce de Leon Avenue, and in some cases fingerprints were found.

Other Larcenies Ten in Beat 601 and 152 in Zone 6.
On November 14th, two locked bicycles were stolen from a parking lot on Greenwood.
On November 16th, the victim was moving when her TV went missing.
On both November 23rd and 24th, cigarettes were stolen from the Standard gas and convenience. Arrests were made in both cases.
On November 30th cash was stolen from a business on Ponce de Leon Place
On December 2nd, a rug was stolen from a residence on Saint Augustine Place. It had been left outside for pickup by UPS.
On December 5th, a locked bicycle was stolen from a second-floor railing.
On December 12th, packages were stolen from a secured lobby on Greenwood.
On December 14th, a wallet was taken from Bookhouse Pub.
Also on December 14th, a bicycle and bag were stolen. However, a security guard interrupted the theft and the suspect fled without the stolen items. Police arrested Gilber Conley on outstanding warrants.

Auto Theft Seven in Beat 601 and fifty-five in Zone 6.
On November 8th, a 2010 red Toyota was stolen from the Friend’s parking lot on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Also on November 8th, a silver Infinity was stolen from the parking lot at The Local on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
On November 11th, a gray Lexus was stolen from a parking lot on Bonaventure Avenue. The vehicle was later recovered when an anonymous person called the victim and told her that they had found the vehicle and her business card in the car.
On November 13th, a white KIA was stolen from the driveway of apartments on Briarcliff Terrace.
On November 15th, a white Ford F15 was stolen from a parking lot of apartments on Briarcliff Place.
On November 22nd, a black trailer was stolen from the driveway of a residence on Virginia Avenue.
On November 28th, a green Dodge was stolen from the street near 744 N. Highland Avenue.

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 30, 2016

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

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

Directed Patrols:  31
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  28
Suspicious person:  6
Alarm Response:  4
Suspicious Vehicle:  3
Parking Complaints:  2
Noise Complaints:  1
Out of town Checks:  25
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  6
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):  8

News and Notes

Please call 911 first for every issue you have. This includes suspicious persons or activity that you witness By calling 911 it ensures that if FBAC officers are not on patrol an on duty officer is responding to reported activity. Call the FBAC phone after you call 911. The 911 system is set up to handle all calls through the system, both emergency and non-emergency.

Significant Incidents

Robbery on Park Drive

On December 8th officers were called to the 500 block of Park Drive with a report of a pedestrian robbery. The victim stated that as she was walking on the street she saw three black males on the other side of the street. One crossed over, produced a gun and demanded her purse. She gave him the bag and the three males fled into Piedmont Park. All three males were wearing dark clothing and one had a pink backpack. The suspects were described as young and estimated in their 20’s. The male with the gun was approximately 5’8” with a thin build and short hair. Of the other two who remained on the opposite side of the street, one was described as having a larger build and the other was the one with the pink back pack.

Police canvassed the area and located the victim’s purse just inside Piedmont Park. All items were located except her house keys. A water bottle that had been in the purse and was located a distance away was submitted for latent print analysis.

While this investigation what underway, another robbery was attempted near the park. All units responded including mounted patrol. The three males were spotted near 10th street. Officers Dobler, Sheppard and Williams riding officers Jocker, Oreo and Jack pursued and stopped the males at Walker Terrace. At the time both the pink back pack and a Glock 23 (stolen from Gwinnett County) were located with the suspects. The victim was unable to positively identify the three but a judge issued an arrest warrant.

Attempted Carjacking on Cresthill (Second incident from above narrative)

On December 8th officers responded to an attempted carjacking in the 500 block of Cresthill Avenue. The victim reported that he was outside when a male struck him in the face with a pistol. The suspect demanded his car keys, but then fled without the keys or vehicle. A witness indicated that there were four black males. The one who struck the victim was wearing a blue and white hooded jacket. The victim was transported to Grady hospital for treatment. The suspects were apprehended and arrested by mounted patrol as described above. This is an excellent case of quick reporting to 911 allowing police to connect the dots and arrest suspects quickly.

Burglary on Drewry

On December 4th an officer responded to a report of damage to property in the 1000 block of Drewry Street. Rear doors to the residence were damaged. This home was under construction, and nothing was found to be missing inside.

Robbery on St. Charles

On December 21st an officer responded to two victims who advised they had been walking home from a local bar when they were approached by two black males approximately 18 years of age. Victim one was struck in the back of the hear with what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun. Victim two was also struck in the back of the head with a similar looking gun, possibly a 9mm. Both victims were instructed to hand over wallets and cell phones. Both handed over their belongings. Suspect one was described as approximately 6’ tall weighing 140 pounds and being very skinny. He was wearing a black t-shirt with jeans. His hairstyle was very short on the sides and dreads on top with highlights. Suspect two was described at a skinning black male about 6’3” with a low haircut. He was wearing all black. Officers attempted to track the telephones, but neither victim could remember the proper password. No cameras were located in the area of this incident.


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 on the schedule that is emailed to members 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.


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.” 


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 

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