October 7, 2016

VaHi Safety Team Report Week 35 (8/21/16 – 8/27/16)

NOTE: Only one week of data

News and Notes

Bolo – Women Groped while Jogging

The following reports are taken from Nextdoor, Fox 5 Atlanta, and 11 Alive news.

In two separate incidents women were jogging during the early evening of Monday September 26th, when they were assaulted by a man on the sidewalk. On incident occurred on Virginia Avenue and another on Greenwood. It was still light out during both assaults. Please be very aware of you of your surroundings. If possible exercise with a friend, and if you must work out alone, please consider leaving the earbuds out so that you can hear someone approach from behind. 

Leaders wanted - Join the Millennial Leaders Citizens Academy

The Atlanta Police Department is looking for leaders between the ages for 18-25! 
The Millennial Leaders Police Citizens Academy encourages participants to provide invaluable feedback to enhance police and community relations. 

The Millennial Leaders Police Citizens Academy includes twenty-plus hours of skilled and professional instruction delivered in three-hour sessions. For more information, contact Sergeant F. Claxton at cpa@atlantaga.gov. 

Classes will be offered on the following subject matter: 

• Law Enforcement Interactions specific to young adults 
• Law Enforcement and Social Media 
• Communications and Video Integration Center Tour 
• Traffic Fatalities and D.U.I. 
• Active Shooter 
• L.G.B.T. 
• Zone Ride-A-Long 
• Criminal Procedure

APD Open Mic Night

On September 21st I attended an Open Mic Night with a panel of speakers from APD, Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and Atlanta Fire Rescue.

APD is eager to partner with businesses to integrate existing video cameras. Of 7000 currently integrated citywide, only 750 are city owned. They are also eager to work with neighborhood organization to raise the funds to install more cameras.

Police Shootings. Of 1.5 million contacts in 2015 officers only fired their weapons 9 times. This was with an average of 30,000 to 40,000 arrests in a given year.

The emotional toll on an officer even when a shooting is justified, is significant. Some take a long time to be ready to go back into the field, and some never are able to do the job again. Nationwide, 80% of officers who shoot someone leave policing within 3-5 years.

APD Zone Six 5th Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway

Are you one of those people that does their holiday shopping early? Well then it’s time to think about the toy drive. In past years Virginia-Highland has been extremely generous. Please consider participating again this year. 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.

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 none in Zone 6.

Rape None in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.

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

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

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

Aggravated Assault None in Beat 601 and six in Zone 6.

Residential Burglary One in Beat 601 and seven in Zone 6.

On August 23rd during daylight hours a home was entered on Brookridge Drive via the back door. Suspects stole a rifle and 9mm handgun with ammunition as well as an Xbox, Playstation3, guitar, Macbrook Pro and iPad. Finger prints were found and serial numbers were available for the firearms. However, this is a good reminder that we need to keep a record of serial numbers on electronics as well. These items can easily end up in a pawn shop, were police can recover them.

Commercial Burglary None in Beat 601 and two in Zone 6.

Larceny From Vehicle Eight in Beat 601 and forty in Zone 6.

Vehicles were entered on Glen Arden Way, Greenwood Ave., Lanier Blvd., Maiden Lane, N. Highland Ave. Rosewood Dr., and Virginia Ave. Entry was made via broken windows and in one case unlocked doors. Stolen were CDs, gym bag, landscaping equipment (from the landscaper’s truck at the YWCA), a purse, Fender guitar and Marshall amplifier, backpack with table and glasses, a book bag, and a computer.

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

Auto Theft Two in Beat 601 and nine in Zone 6.

On August 21st a green Jaguar X18 was stolen from 974 Rosedale Road. The report is not completely clear, but it appears that this vehicle was recovered by an alert officer, but the suspect was able to get away.

Also on August 21st a silver BMW was stolen from the 800 block of 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!

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