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How Safe Do You Feel Regarding Crime?

Recent incidents — including another carjacking Wednesday night in Reynoldstown — has many asking has crime gotten out of control.

Crimewise, it looks to be a long, hot summer.

One of the biggest concerns we've heard from East Atlanta Patch readers this year, other than Atlanta's public school redistricting, has been about crime.

None of our Patch neighborhoods have been immune:

  • There have been armed robberies in , , and .
  • There was the at the Trestletree Village Apartments in Ormewood Park and at the Starlight Six Drive-in.
  • There have been attempted kidnappings in and .
  • And there have been several carjackings in , and .

Just Wednesday night, a resident of the MillTown Lofts in Reynoldstown, site of earlier carjacking attempts, was carjacked at gunpoint by three men.

Aggravated assaults are up citywide: There have been 1,144 reported through June 9, an increase of 7.02 percent over last year's comparable period, Atlanta Police Department stats show.

But the three APD zones that cover East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods exceed the citywide average for that same period:

  • Zone 3 (includes Summerhill, Peoplestown, Chosewood Park): 304 incidents, up 7.04 percent
  • (includes Downtown, Georgia State University area): 102 incidents, up 24.39 percent
  • (includes East Atlanta, Candler Park, Ormewood Park, Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park): 128 incidents, up 26.73 percent

Police have been going to community meetings, giving people updates on some of the most serious crimes and recent incidents.

If its any consolation, residents of Zone 6 can take some comfort in knowing that staffing is on the increase.

A little more than a dozen officers have asked to come to Zone 6, Officer Garrett Eastridge told residents of Candler Park Monday at that neighborhood's monthly meeting.

That should help in stemming some of the problems Zone 6 neighborhoods have experienced.

For example, vagrants in Freedom Park have been a problem and in recent weeks, APD has made some 40 arrests there, he said.

How safe do you feel or how fearful are you? Do you think our part of the city is under a crime wave or are these incidents an unfortunate anomaly? Have you changed or altered your daily routine?

LVR June 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
While I don't argue the notion that crime rates are up, I do question the percentage increases and the comparison to last year's percentages at the same time point since the Zones were realigned late last year. APD has indicated that they have adjusted the calculations to reflect the realignments. I am just not sure I am buying it.
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
It would take some sort of audit by an outside firm to verify it was done accurately.
Red Penn June 22, 2012 at 04:18 AM
More prisons and long jail terms might be a remedy to fix the crime problem in this area. Without that, people will just have to accept the problem as an environmental hazard.
Kirkwood Resident June 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM
More education and a focus on parental invovlement is crucial. Give these kids something to aim for other than being a thief or dealer. After school programs, strong role models, leading by example in your community, showing kids that through education you can achieve greater results than with a gun. Jail = another person who is more likely to continue on the same path when they get out. Kids don't just inherently do evil things. They learn them. One good mentor, interaction, or memory could make a difference.
Chris H June 25, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@Kirkwood Resident, I too believe better education and opportunities for the kids are a very important way to help steer kids away from crime. That's why I donated to the Year of Boulevard initiative (http://www.yoboulevard.com/) and sponsored a kid for the summer. However, I think many of the late teens early 20s that are committing the crimes are already lost and will just continue to go in and out of prison. Hopefully we can stop the next generation of kids from going down the same path.
HelloMidtown August 27, 2012 at 09:06 PM
As a witness to the murder at the Starlight Drive-In, I don't feel very safe at all! I'm glad to see the communities fighting back, but I just hope between them and the APD that it is enough. I'm tired of these 'bad eggs' ruining my beautiful city!

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