May 29, 2015

New FBAC Glossary Published

This week we are publishing a new feature called the FBAC Glossary. The glossary is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all law enforcement jargon, or technical legal terms. Rather the purpose is to give a brief description of the terms you might commonly see used in our reports, or hear in conversations with the patrol or others involved in public safety.

Check it out here.

Have more questions of want another term defined? Leave a comment on this post or send us a message.

May 22, 2015

Neighborhood Watch and Atlanta Police Department Working Together

On Thursday morning a resident on Cooledge Avenue noticed a man on her street peering into houses. She got a good description and called 911. She also snapped a photograph of him and sent it to the neighborhood watch list of contacts for her street.

Shortly thereafter, another message informed neighbors that she was with Officer Lightkep from Atlanta Police. Officer Lightkep was looking for more evidence and wanted to know if anyone else on the street had seen this individual.

The result? A final message from the resident letting everyone know that she had a call from police and the suspect was in custody. Not only that, but they were able to tie this individual to several burglaries that same morning.

This story is the textbook example of "see something, say something", and the value of neighbors knowing each other and working together to help police stop crime. Thanks to the residents of Coolege Avenue and Officer Lightkep.

Tips from Officer Lightkep? Call 911 if you are even a bit suspicious. Take photos if you can safely do so, and give the 911 operator your name and contact information so the office can speak with you if necessary to get more information or evidence.

May 19, 2015

Virginia Highland Patrol First on Scene

A few days ago many of us received this urgent alert from Nextdoor.

BOLO - black male white tank with jeans. Running north on Vance from east on Virginia Ave.
Three adults were in pursuit, 9:42pm. Woman was screaming stolen phone. 911 called.

My first thought was, even though I want this suspect caught, I hope these three adults aren't hurt. Perhaps fortunately the civilians chasing this suspect did not apprehend him. However, we have learned from Virginia Highland Patrol  that once again one of our own patrol officer, Chip Cook, was the first on scene. This highlights the real value of increasing membership in the patrol so that we can have officers covering more shifts. 

With additional follow-up we have learned that detectives have a possible lead in the case - one of the victim's credit cards was used elsewhere in the city, and they are working to secure and review video tape from the store. Also, police believe this snatch may be related to other incidents in Zone 6 and are investigating that angle.

This photo shows just how easy it can be to snatch someone's phone. The best way to avoid this is to carry phones in a front pocket (less accessible) or inside a zipped bag or backpack. If you must use your phone while out on a busy street, try to be aware of people around you. Make eye contact with people approaching you so they know you will recognize them if they try something. And, if your phone is taken, make a lot of noise, but do not chase the suspect. You never know who might have a weapon they will use if cornered.

If we hear more about this case it will be reported here. Please keep letting us know when something happens in the neighborhood so that we can follow-up and learn if there has been an arrest, or other development.