I feel that it's extremely important that I address some issues relating to crime in Zone 6. Crimes have started to occur in areas where we historically have not had problems, but the men and women in Zone 6 have worked very hard to correct this problem.
I would like to share these numbers with Patch readers:
- Three weeks ago Zone 6 officers arrested six burglars and two robbery perpetrators.
- Two weeks ago six individuals were arrested for an automobile larceny and three burglars were arrested as well.
- Last week three burglars and two robbery perpetrators were arrested.
- So far this week, officers have arrested two individuals for committing snatch thefts at the Starbucks in Little Five Points.
- So far this year, Zone 6 has realized a 44-percent increase in total arrests.
Unfortunately,it is not always practical for us to release information on some of our arrests because of the need for investigator followup, to show photographic line-ups and collect additional evidence related to the crimes.
I completely understand everyone's frustration and I share your concerns about the potential for violent behavior occurring in this community. Please know that our officers will work very hard to prevent that from happening. Also, I would encourage everyone to pay close attention to the Atlanta Police Department's "See Something Say Something" campaign.
Many of our citizens see things they feel are not important but we strongly encourage you to bring this issues to our attention. I would also like to thank each of you for your continued support of the men and women in Zone 6.
Mr. Meadows, a major with the Atlanta Police Department, is commander of Zone 6, which includes the East Atlanta Patch communities of Benteen Park, Candler Park, Glenwood Park, Grant Park, Inman Park, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park, East Atlanta, East Lake, Lake Claire, Edgewood, Kirkwood, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, Old Fourth Ward, Boulevard Heights, Woodland Hills and Custer/McDonough/Guice.