Drop in Vehicle Larcenies

Thefts of property from inside motor vehicles is always a challenge for the Atlanta Police Department, and Zone 5 is no different than anywhere else. I’m happy to report, however, that we’ve made significant progress in the past month. Specifically, we’ve had a 14 percent drop in vehicle larcenies in the past 28 days, according to the most recent weekly APD crime stats. Last week alone, we saw a 40 percent drop. That’s great news, but we know it’s a constant struggle. We also know that you have a direct role in helping us reduce vehicle larcenies. Remember to never leave anything of value in your car and always lock your windows and doors. GPS units, laptops and purses left behind make for attractive targets for thieves. By removing these and other valuables from your car you can ensure you never become a victim of this opportunistic crime.

Major Christopher Leighty
Commander, Zone 5

Reminder: Clean Car Campaign

One of the main crimes that occurs in NPU M (and across the city) is theft from vehicles. APD has encouraged everyone in the city to remove EVERYTHING from one’s vehicle, regaurdless of value – if there’s nothing in a vehicle, there’s no incentive for someone to break into it. Please see the flyer below, and be sure to clean out your vehicle!

Clean Car Campaign Flyer

Land Use/Executive Meeting

Tonight is our monthly Land Use/Executive Committee combined meeting. We meet from 6pm-8pm at the Atlanta Medical Center Health Pavilion, 320 Parkway NE 30312. Upon entering the building, walk straight through the lobby to Auditorium A. You may park in the lot to the south of the building, and you will be provided with an exit token during the meeting. See you tonight!

NPU‐M Public Safety 2011 News

Meeting Location 2010 Next Meeting March 3, 2011 (6:30 – 8:00 PM)

Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility
515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
404‐523‐3353/ 404‐224‐1340, fax

The new COPS unit has been deployed and is now working in Zone 5. The Unit is headed by Lt. Brent Schierbaum, who has worked in Zone 5 in our burglary unit. You will want to call the COPS unit for proactive issues such as the list below.

  • Visit your community ‐ monitor your issues or situations and draw out a plan.
  • Maintain programs ‐ developed in your community.
  • Security checks ‐ do a review of your home or building and offer recommendations.
  • Vacant and over grown lots – they will work along with code enforcement.
  • Quality of life issues – call 911 for crimes in process.
  • Graffiti – these issues is still under discussion. Who are the Graffiti Task Force and what is their mission.
  • Street lights issues at night – walk with you to determine your safety issue. Does it make your neighborhood unsafe?

Action required from your neighborhood Leaders:

  • Put together a list of issues for the COPS unit.
  • These issues should focus on the problems that are most urgent.
  • Send to Public Safety Chair so that may be passed on to Lt. Brent Schierbaum and his team.

Reporting back to NPUM Public Safety Committee:

  • We will send the issues to the COPS unit and they will work them similar to how APS is working our issues today.
  • A COPs team member will report back to the Public Safety Committee on their progress.

The COPS unit is not designed to replace your calls to 911.  Some of our Zone 5 COPS officers:

  • Officer Johnson ‐ almjohnson@atlantaga.gov
  • Officer Charles – abcharles@atlantaga.gov
  • Officer Hilton – dhilton@atlantaga.gov
  • Sgt. Pulliam – moulliam@atlantaga.gov

MARTA Police Update.  There has been an increase in:

  • Staffing at the 5 Points MARTA station.
  • Snatch and grab of electronic equipment, i.e. phones, iPad, eReaders.
  • Part 1 crimes on the MARTA trains.
  • Visibility of MARTA Police on trains and in the stations.
  • In vehicle larceny at Underground parking.

Atlanta Police Update:

  • Central Atlanta Progress is building a kiosk at Barbara Asher Square Downtown (Broad Street.)
  • The Kiosk will be manned by APD and MARTA Police 24/7.
  • Crime in Zone 5 is being impacted by CVS at Barbara Asher Square. The Pubic Safety Committee will reach out to them to start a dialogue.
  • Harlem Nights at 201 Courtland St is operating currently on a temporary license until March.
  • New owner at 82 Peachtree. Neighborhood leaders and police at opening a dialogue.
  • 75% of crimes in Zone 5 are from Larceny from Autos. We have to keep up and pass the word about the clean car campaign.
  • Zone 5 has more directed patrols than other Zone. Zone 5 has an average of 2500 per month compared to about 600 for other Zones.

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