Rash Of Car Break-Ins Hit Ormewood Park

Thieves hit at least eight cars early Friday.

Just weeks after a led to a dip in southeast Atlanta auto break-ins, thieves struck the Ormewood Park neighborhood early Friday and vandalized at least eight cars.

Thieves hit cars on Glenwood Place, Warwick Street and Portland Avenue.

One victim told Fox 5 Atlanta that vandals took his iPod.

Police have said because addicts — those hooked on drugs or alcohol — are seeking items they can quickly pawn for cash to feed their habits.

The department has been pushing its Clean Car Campaign for months, which aims to get motorists into the habit of taking their valuables like laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players with them or leave them out of view when exiting their vehicles.

To "clean" your car:

  • Remove GPS and mounts
  • Remove mobile phones
  • Remove laptops and tablets
  • Remove all power cords and power sources for your electronics
  • Remove all shopping bags, briefcases, duffel bags and purses
  • Don't leave wallets, loose change or currency out in open view
  • If you have a gun in your vehicle, don't leave it there
  • And while there's been some philosophical debate from some vehicle owners who leave their vehicles unlocked, APD says you should always lock your doors.
  • It's best to sweep your vehicle before you get to your destination, not after.
Dr May 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Are you kidding me about the "addicts" excuse? If they look at the surveillance video from the Mill Lofts carjacking, the description of the recent robberies around Coan Park, carjacking of the woman in Ormewood park, etc they're all 14-18 yr old kids with nothing better to do than get in trouble. It's officially summer so start looking at who is really responsible. Yes, there are a lot of sketchy-looking panhandlers in EAV, but when our home was broken into it was summer and the responding officers immediately suspected neighborhood kids in a gang. Crime spikes when those little punks are out of school, Christmas and summer. When will the folks in charge start cluing in to what the cops on the street already know??
RD May 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I've got to agree that it's more often kids looking for thrills than not, but if you check the link the police officer says on video that it's individuals who are "many times challenged with... addiction."
Keith Meadows May 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Just to be clear, we don't make excuses for any type of criminal activity. I do, however, feel it's extremely important that we draw a distinction between car-jackings and larceny from automobiles. The victim in the Milltown Loft incident was accosted by teenage armed robbers. The victim in that case has been very helpful in our efforts to identify those perpetrators and I feel very comfortable with the direction of the ongoing investigation. Second, it has been my experience with some of our larceny from auto arrest that many of those perpetrators do suffer from some type of substance abuse. This in no way excuses their criminal behavior, it's just another dynamic we have to consider while investigating these types of cases. I strongly recommend to all citizens in the city to pay close attention to the tips outlined in our Clean Car Campaign. The Atlanta Police Department is committed to the notion of crime prevention in partnership with our communities, this is but one way we can achieve that goal. Thanks Major Keith Meadows Zone Six Precinct Commander


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