January 28, 2012

FBAC Newsletter - February 2012


Brian Gross (who edits and sends these FBAC newsletters) is also Communications chair at our civic association (VHCA). Brian proposed to John Wolfinger, Safety chair, that VHCA budget for a $3600 community grant to FBAC. There will be a VHCA meeting on Monday 2/13 at 7 P.M. (@ the library 980 Ponce de Leon Ave., back-left entrance)— if you feel strongly that the VHCA should make this grant you are encouraged to attend the meeting. Note that the public vote does not decide if the grant goes through — the VHCA Board vote does. Your attendance will, rather, provide an indication of the level of interest in this proposal. In other words, we are asking for you to attend if you support this strongly and wish you voice that support at the meeting and participate in the discussion.

Why a $3600 community grant to FBAC and not more?
  • realistically, the elected Board of the VHCA bought the land for New Highland Park and has a large mortgage to pay off
  • as a result, a limited amount of funding is available for other major budget items
  • But! there is budget (in the very low tens of thousands of dollars) for community grants; every year VHCA makes these grants
  • $3600 is along the lines of grants to similar community institutions (libraries, schools, Trees Atlanta, etc.)
  • Safety is a top concern of the community and thus VHCA, yet even this $3600 represents just slightly more than 1% of the VHCA's yearly budget
  • $3600 is about 5% of FBAC's yearly costs — it really helps us, but is small enough to mean that VHCA is NOT actually funding a particular patrol service (which might make it potentially liable, one of the VHCA's concerns)
  • A much higher amount of funding (than $3600) by the VHCA would require a level of oversight by VHCA — or even becoming a part of VHCA, which FBAC does not wish to undertake
In other words, a much higher amount funding by VHCA seems impractical at the moment, but this $3600 is a way for the VHCA to show real support for public safety in Virginia-Highland.

Disclaimer: the above is written by Brian Gross, and expresses his opinion as an FBAC volunteer, and in no way represents the view of VHCA.
Questions or comments? Please write us, copying both bethmarks at bellsouth dot net and brian at fbacvahi dot com

December 18 2011 through January 14, 2012

Assault: 0
Auto Theft: 4 
Commercial Burglary: 0
General Larceny: 0
Homicide: 0
Rape: 0
Residential Burglary: 3
Robbery: 0
Vehicular Related Larceny: 6

Addresses reported by APD, incidents not necessarily connected to residents there:
12/18/11, 5p-7p, Auto Theft , 8xx Virginia Av, 1994 Honda Accord
12/19/11, 11p-9a, Theft Fr Auto, 8xx Brookridge Dr, Catalytic Converter
12/20/11 , 3p-10p, Auto Theft , 9xx St Charles Av , 1997 Honda Accord
12/23/11, 1a-6a, Auto Theft , 7xx Brookridge Dr, 1998 Dodge Caravan
12/23/11, 5p-11p, Theft Fr Auto, 9xx N. Highland Av, Duffle Bag
12/24/11, 7p-9p, Theft Fr Auto, 8xx N. Highland Av, Laptop
1/1/12, 7p-2a, Burglary, 10xx Highland View, Jewelry, Flat Screen, Laptops
1/1/12, 9a-2a, Burglary, 10xx Highland View, Jewelry, Laptops, X-Box
1/2/12, 8p-9p, Theft Fr Auto, 9xx Virginia Av, Tagnalli Purse
1/3/12, 12p-1a, Auto Theft, 10xx Hudson Dr, , 2000 Jeep Cherokee
1/6/12, 8a-9a, Theft Fr Auto, 11xx N. Highland Av, Nikon Camera
1/10/12, 1a, Burglary, 7xx St. Charles Av, Subject Arrested
1/14/12, 10p-11p, Theft Fr Auto, 7xx N. Highland Av, Camera

The burglary on 1/1 (late New Year's Eve, i.e.) was accomplished from the alley running behind North Highland (west side) and between Highland View and Adair. 

December 18 through January 14, 2012

(The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol officers do on their shifts.)
Abandoned Auto: 0
Alarm Response: 10
Burglary: 1
Calls for Service (Cell Phone): 9
Criminal Trespass: 0
Directed Patrols: 18
Drop Ins/Park and Walks: 22
FBAC Member Contact: 6
Found Property: 0
Info for Officers: 3
Intoxicated Persons: 0
Lost Person: 0
Noise Complaints: 1
Out  Of Town Checks: 27
Parking Complaints: 2
Shots Fired:  0
Street Obstruction: 0
Suspicious Person: 9
Suspicious Vehicle: 3
Wanted Persons: 0

On 1/10/2012 a subject entered the residence at 7xx St. Charles through the dog door.  He made off with the victims wallet, I-Phones and an I-Pad.  The subject was located in the area with the victims property and arrested for Burglary.  The subject is being investigated for other Burglaries in the area.

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