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Police to Step Up Patrols in Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward and Candler Park

Police to blitz several city crime hot spots with more patrol cars and enforcement presence.

Following a spate of armed robberies in Inman Park and several snatch and grabs in Candler Park and Old Fourth Ward, the Atlanta Police Department is stepping up patrols in those neighborhoods and several other select communities in the city.

The 60-day crime suppression detail, which began Aug. 2, is being funded through a $500,000 federal Justice Assistance Grant.

A portion of the $500,000 received through the grant will go towards officer overtime. That will allow APD to increase its resources and personnel in the evenings and overnights, from Aug. 2 through Oct. 1 in those areas that APD Chief George N. Turner called “hot spots” for crime.

The target areas, chosen based on statistical analysis of recent crime trends, include:

  • Atlanta University Center Corridor (Emphasis on Beckwith Street and Greensferry Avenue)
  • Peachtree Street Corridor (from Midtown through Buckhead)
  • The Mall West End Corridor (Including Oak and Lee streets and Oglethorpe Avenue)
  • Old Fourth Ward/Virginia-Highland/Inman Park and Candler Park (Including Auburn, Highland and Euclid avenues and Boulevard)

“This is a high-visibility patrol,” Turner told Fox 5 Atlanta.

Though overall crime is down in the city and statistically, Atlanta is a "safe" city in comparison to other major U.S. cities, residents have been on high alert after several snatch and runs and armed robberies were reported in Inman Park, Candler Park and the Old Fourth Ward in the last several months.

The most serious ones included seven patrons of the North Highland Pub being robbed at gunpoint June 25. On July 22, a gunman robbed a woman, firing warning shots above her head as well as her friend when they resisted.

Turner said the extra patrols will include a stronger presence in parking lots where smash and grabs are common and more community involvement with local businesses.

After the 60 days, police will study the results of those targeted patrol efforts and determine next steps to take, officials said.

E Keathley August 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I think the lack of faith in our police is a huge problem. Two weeks ago I was in Best Buy getting my phone fixed, and the guy behind me in line had his iPhone snatched from him while pumping gas at Boulevard & North. He didn't bother reporting it to the police because he would have had to wait at the sketchy location for who knows how long for them to arrive, and he knew he wouldn't get his phone back. So he just reported his phone lost to the company and got a replacement that was insured. I ALWAYS report stuff to the police, but lots of folks don't because they see it as too much of a hassle with no return. There has to be a way to turn that around.
Péralte Paul August 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
APD's chief said about a year ago that one of the biggest factors in helping determine personnel deployment to a given zone is the number of 911 calls. Zone commanders can lobby for more bodies all they want but the 911 calls have to support that additional manpower.
Jennifer Higgins August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Does this 60 days of increased patrol cover Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown? We're both in zone 6 but it's not listing us as part of the locations where patrol would be stepped up. I'd think the 6 incidents I can think of that happened over the last 2 months would warrant an increase in our area too. 3 robbery/kidnappings (or at least attempted), 2 robbery/carjackings and 1 robbery all at gun point!! I hope we're included.
Péralte Paul August 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Hi, Jennifer: It's specific to those areas. R'Town and C'Town aren't included.
Fourth ward August 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Well Mr. Paul, a fast responding 911 is more important than all the patrols in the world. Unless the police happens to be patrolling at the exact time something happens its useless. You shouldnt call and then its known to all that it will take forever for a response.. And Commanders have to do more then lobby they have to demand it if they really care.

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