August 30, 2016

FBAC Report for Month, Year- Virginia-Highland Security Patrol (FBAC) August 2016

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

Directed Patrols:  24
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  30
Suspicious person:  6
Alarm Response:  7
Suspicious Vehicle:  2
Parking Complaints:  0
Noise Complaints:  0
Out of town Checks:  11
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  4
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):  5


News and Notes


ARREST - Virginia-Highland Security Patrol officers assisted in the arrest of a suspect for entering automobiles in the 800 block of N. Highland Ave. A call came in to 911 that a suspicious male was checking door handles and trunks at the apartment complex. Our officer and the beat officer located the individual still wandering the parking lot of the complex and he was arrested and charged.
Significant Incidents


Robbery/Car Jacking 900 block of St. Charles at intersection with Frederica – Vehicle recovered, suspects still at large.


On July 31st at 9:30 pm Officer Berry was dispatched to a carjacking call on St. Charles. The victim was driving a rental car and renting the apartment for a couple of weeks while in town on business. She reported that when she arrived at the location she saw a black male leaning against her building. She parked and exited her vehicle when the suspect approached her pulled out a handgun and demanded her keys. She surrendered her keys and ran into her apartment without physical injuries. The suspect fled in the vehicle described as a Gray Chrysler 300 CA tag #7MIF686. The suspect was wearing black jeans a red shirt and had a black hoodie tied around his waist. Sgt. Turner and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) went to the scene and located a video camera, but were unable to access the footage as the owner was away.

On August 8th at around 7:15 pm Officer Cogdell was patrolling in the area of Martin L. King Jr. DR SW and Peyton PL, SW. The officer observed a suspicious vehicle with two males inside and vehicle damage on the passenger’s side door. The officer checked the tag, found that the vehicle was reported stolen and matched the description of the carjacked vehicle from St. Charles Avenue. He began to follow the vehicle and reported to dispatch. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Phoenix team (APD Air Unit) were notified as the vehicle made its way onto I-20 eastbound and then I-75/85 southbound. GSP join the pursuit north of University and was able to get behind the vehicle. The Phoenix team was also following by air. GSP turned on emergency lights and the suspect was moving to the right but did not stop. They drove in the emergency lanes and then exited at University. The air unit officers began following and calling out locations so that APD and GSP could follow as the suspects traveled north on McDaniel St, west on Fletcher, north on Metropolitan, crossing over Dill then on Decker back towards Murphy. They continued on Evans and Sylvan Road and onto Lankford Parkway. At this time APD, GSP and Phoenix all lost sight of the vehicle. Shortly thereafter East Point police advised that they had a vehicle accident at Semmes St. and Broad Ave. The vehicle (abandoned by the driver and passenger) was confirmed to be the one being followed and that was stolen on July 31st. It was towed and processed by CID.

Burglary 700 Block of Brookridge Drive


On August 23rd Officer Berry was dispatched for a residential burglary. The victim advised that he left his home at 8 am with all secured and returned at 5:30 pm to find his rifle, 9 mm and ammunition, which had been in his room were missing. The room was disturbed from the way he had left it. He saw that the back door of the home was unsecured, which was left unlocked by his roommate. His roommate was also missing an Xbox, PlayStation 3, guitar, MacBook Pro and iPad from his room. The third roommate was not missing anything from his room. Other valuables around the home were not taken. Both the gate to the back of the property and the back door were left unsecured making this an easy target for the suspect. Finger prints were obtained from the door.

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.


August 17, 2016

A Safety Note from Jim Jim Hardy: Protecting Your Mail

Jim Hardy, NPU F Public Safety Coordinator
Several of our neighbors have been the victims of mail and package theft in recent months.  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service which investigates mail theft provides the below advice for protecting your mail:


  • Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to the local police and to the Postal Inspection Service. 
  • Start or join a neighborhood watch and/or security patrol program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes).
  • Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3). You can also file a mail theft report online at https://postalinspectors.uspis.govClick on  “Mail Theft” and enter all applicable information.  The more you provide, the more likely it is that they can help you.


Editor's note: We've had a number of mail and package thefts reported on Nextdoor recently.  Most have been reported to police, but few, if any, have been reported to US Postal Inspection Service which has primary investigative and prosecutive jurisdiction for mail theft.

August 11, 2016

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks 28 and 29 (7/3/16 – 7/16/16)

News and Notes

A Thank You Message from Major Peek


Major Timothy D. Peek
2025 Hosea L. Williams Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Friday, August 05, 2016

Dear Zone Six Communities:

In recent times, our nation has experienced some very trying times as it relates to the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities for which they serve.  Communities throughout the country voiced their concerns through many different avenues which included protests and demonstrations.  The City of Atlanta was not exempt from these experiences.  Although stressful, the officers of the Atlanta Police Department rose to the occasion and served all of our citizens with dignity and respect.  We took an oath to serve our citizens and we look forward to our continued and   committed service.

During these stressful times, you (our citizens and business partners) supported our officers in many ways.  In expressions of your support, we thank you for all of the gifts that you shared with us.  We thank you for the gratitude shown through gifts of food, snacks, drinks, flowers, handshakes and hugs (just to name a few).  These gestures certainly brightened our day and filled our hearts with joy.  It is truly our pleasure to serve such fine citizens. Again, we look forward to our continued service to the communities.

Sincerely,

Major Timothy D. Peek
on Behalf of Atlanta Police Department Zone Six Officers

Graffiti Task Force


Several years ago a dedicated resident by the name of Laura Voisinet agreed to serve as our Graffiti Czar. She organized a group of like-minded people to help and in short order the graffiti problem that had been growing in Virginia-Highland was under control.

Fast forward to today. Laura and her team have moved on to other commitments. However, recently we have seen a few spots being hit regularly with tags. The corner of Ponce de Leon and Ponce Place – especially the old Marco’s Pita building – and the alley running behind the shops on N. Highland are a few locations where new graffiti has popped up.

Though this is not nearly the problem that it was at one time, it would be good to have someone who could take charge when new tags appear. The job is not particularly onerous (mostly offering supplies and advise to property owners), but is a way to contribute to the appearance of the neighborhood. If you have any interest in taking on this responsibility, please send an email to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com and we can discuss further.

Citizen’s Review Board


The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) was established by ordinance as an independent agency in 2007, and amended with subpoena power in May of 2010. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that city departments directly responsible for public safety, particularly the Police Department and the Department of Corrections, have the proper support of the government and its various agencies. It is designed to provide citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn member of the police and corrections departments of the City of Atlanta (from website).

The ACRB meetings are open to the public and generally held on the second Thursday of each month in Committee Room One, Second Floor of Atlanta City Hall. However, the September 8th meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Blackburn Conference Center on the campus of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Those who attend may observe the process of investigating cases of misconduct by sworn officers of the Atlanta Police Department and Department of Corrections. You are cordially invited to attend this and future meetings.

More information is available at www.acrbgov.org.

Reminder – Register Your Home Alarm System


In 2012 the City of Atlanta determined that 92% of alarm responses were false alarms. Every time Atlanta Police Department or Atlanta Fire Rescue is dispatched, they are taken away from real emergencies at a steep cost to the city and we the taxpayers. As a result, in 2013 a program was instituted requiring residential and business owners of alarm systems to register with the city. Failure to register an alarm system will result in a fine of $150. In addition, the first false alarm after registration is free, but thereafter the fines mount quickly from $50 for the 2nd fall alarm to $500 for each false alarm over the 6th.

What some may not realize is that this registration must be renewed every year. Those who have registered in the past should receive a notice when it is time to renew, but you can also go to this address to check your status.https://www.crywolfservices.com/atlantaga/ You can also pay fines online and dispute a false alarm claim.

Know Your Terms When Reporting Crime


We all commonly say, "I was robbed", when something is taken from us. However, when talking with law enforcement the words robbery, burglary, and larceny have very different meanings and will elicit a very different response.

Today on Nextdoor we heard of a shoplifting incident at the CVS on N. Highland. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a customer at CVS called 911 and reported that the CVS was being robbed. This brought officers from all over the zone along with the air unit in helicopters to try and locate what APD believed to be dangerous suspects who had used force or threat of force. Clearly an unnecessary drain on resources for three shoplifters who fled the store.

The FBAC team assembled a glossary that may help all of us to better understand these terms. Find it here http://www.fbacvahi.com/p/fbac-glossary.html. A lawyer might quibble with some of the language in these definitions, but the intent was to write something in plain English that we can all understand. BTW, shoplifting is considered a larceny as are snatch and grabs (ex. when someone steals a cellphone or laptop off the table while the owner is not paying attention).

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 reported in Beat 601 and None in Zone 6.

Rape None reported in Beat 601 and one reported in Zone 6.

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

Residential Robbery None reported in Beat 601 and six in Zone 6.

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

Aggravated Assault None reported in Beat 601 and eight reported in Zone 6.

Residential Burglary One reported in Beat 601 and twenty-six reported in Zone 6.

On July 6, 2016 at approximately 7:30 am a residential burglary was discovered on Arlington Place and reported to police. The homeowner left home around 10:30 on the previous evening and returned at 7:05 the next morning to find his front door wide open along with a front porch window. Suspects removed two computers, as well as an iPad, Apple watch, and Apple Nano. 

This homeowner did have an alarm system, but unfortunately it was not turned on while he was away. Also, there were no signs of forced entry, so it is likely the suspect entered through the unlocked front window. It is believed that house cleaners may have left it unlocked. Two prints were found and submitted for evidence in this case. 

The take away is to regularly check windows and door to make sure they are locked and to always engage your alarm system if you have one.

Commercial Burglary None reported in Beat 601 and three reported in Zone 6.

Larceny From Vehicle Two reported in Beat 601 and thirty-six reported in Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Lanier Blvd, and N. Highland Ave. In both cases windows were broken to gain entry. Stolen were book bags in both cases containing ID, cash, debit cards, etc. In the case of the break-in on N. Highland video captured two suspects. One was a tall thin black male wearing a blue shirt and blue shoes and the second was a black male wearing a black and white shirt. They were driving a silver Mercedes four door sedan with tinted windows and sunroof.

Note that this was an especially light period for auto break-ins. However, do not let your guard down. Please remember to remove any items from sight whether valuable or not. A bag full of dirty gym clothes might not be valuable to you, but a thief doesn’t know what it inside and will break your window to find out. This is also true of charger cords, etc. If they see a cord they will break a window to see if the phone, iPod, etc. in in the glove box or console.

Other Larcenies None reported in Beat 601 and twenty-five reported in Zone 6.

Auto Theft None reported in Beat 601 and sixteen in Zone 6.

If this report was forwarded to you by someone other than your street captain 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. If you are new to your street, include your street address and we will get you in contact you’re your street captain. Thanks.

Stay Safe!

Kay Stephenson