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It’s official! Underwood Hills joins many other Atlanta neighborhoods with employing a private Security Patrol staffed by Atlanta Police Department officers to help ensure our safety and act as a deterrent to crime in our area. The Patrol is officially underway as of the week of August 1 and officers will be actively patrolling our neighborhood. The times and dates of shifts will not be published in advance. The intent is to staff shifts randomly and based upon current and historic crime trends. We don’t want the potential bad guys to know the schedule and work around it. We are starting with three shifts per week and may increase that as time goes on and we can continue to collect more contributions. Yard signs for Patrol members were made available this week and we encourage all to proudly and prominently display their sign. Det. Kevin Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department came to our July UHNA meeting and spoke about the Patrol and how it will work (www.underwoodhills.org/july-meeting-minutes). We are pleased to finally have the Patrol off the ground and want to encourage you to join if you have not already. Please consult the Security Patrol page (www.underwoodhills.org/security-patrol/) for details, FAQs, and contribution information.

As far as the recent criminal acts in the area, the armed robbery at Houston’s and the carjacking at the library, I want to assure you we are just as concerned as you and are actively working several leads on these cases.

The area is getting increased patrols with both uniformed and plain clothed units.  Supervisors have also been instructed to conduct checkpoints in the area as well.

Citizens can do several things to assist the police department in the deterrence of crime and the apprehension of criminals.

1.       Be vigilant about your surroundings.

Too many times victims of crime, especially in robberies, are talking on their phones, carrying items, or doing other things, normally late at night that make them easy targets.  Most pedestrian robberies are crimes of opportunity and victims are targeted based upon their vulnerability and attentiveness.

2.       Call the Police.

We have a “See Something, Say Something” campaign within the City of Atlanta where we encourage that citizens call in suspicious activity or persons to the police department.

If something or someone does not look right or feel right, causing the hair on the back of your neck to stick up, call 911 let us know of the suspicious activity or person.  We will come out and investigate.

If you have any other questions or have any other concerns please let me know.  If you would like to discuss this further you can contact me at 404-848-7231.

Major Hobbs