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VaHi Safety Team Report

October 31, 2021

Table of Contents

Significant Incidents

Incident information provided by Virginia-Highland Security Patrol

Burglary – 600-Block Virginia Ave (Storage Unit)
On October 13, 2021, police responded to a theft from a storage unit.  Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the victim who stated that he had received a call the day prior that his unit was broken into.  When the victim arrived to take inventory of his unit, he noticed two Spider paint guns missing (one silver and one black), along with a pair of Nike sneakers and a black Nikon SLR camera.  The victim stated that the lock on his unit was cut and he found part of the lock inside his unit.  Police spoke with the site manager who stated that two black males and one black female broke in on October 12 around 5:20 AM.  The responding officer reviewed the security footage of the incident and observed one black male wearing black pants and shirt, a white baseball cap, white sneakers, and carrying a black book bag and black cross body bag.  The second male was wearing a white shirt, black pants, white baseball cap, cross body bag and a light color book bag, and white Nike sneakers. The third perpetrator was a black female, wearing white or tan short, white shoes, cream purse, black hoodie and a cream color head scarf.  In the video, the perpetrators were seen going through the trash outside the building and then going inside the building.  One of the males subsequently comes out of the building rolling some things on a cart.  The perpetrators left and got into a U-Haul van that was waiting for them.  There was no footage of them actually entering the unit, and no fingerprints were recovered.

Residential Burglary – 700-Block Saint Charles Ave
On October 17 at 11:15 PM, police were dispatched to the 700-Block of Saint Charles Ave for a residential burglary call.  Once on-scene, the officer spoke to the victim who advised that he had left his home on Thursday, October 14.  When he returned on October 17, he noticed some items missing.  His 42” black TCL Roku television, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, and two watches (one gold Bulova and one silver Timex).  The victim stated there was no forced entry because he evidently forgot to lock the front door, but the front entry door to the apartment complex is always locked and requires a code for access.  Police recovered several partial fingerprints from the area near where the TV was missing, and placed the fingerprints into evidence.  The victim did not have any cameras in his home, but was trying to make contact with a neighbor who possibly had cameras.

Residential Burglary – 700-Block Bonaventure Ave
Shortly after midnight on October 18, police were dispatched to a residential burglary call on the 700-Block of Bonaventure Ave.  The victim advised that his bicycle had been stolen off the front porch of his home.  The victim left his home around 1:00 PM and did not return until around 11:00 PM.  Upon his return, he noticed his silver Trek bicycle (21 speed with a water bottle holder on the middle frame) was missing.  The victim’s roommate advised he had ordered a pizza and opened the front door to the porch around 9:20 PM.  The roommate advised that the bicycle was still on the porch at that time, but acknowledged that he forgot to re-lock the door to the porch.  The roommate further advised that he heard a noise when he was on the couch in the living room next to the porch around 10:00 PM.  He thought he saw someone walk by the door, but when he stood up and looked outside he did not see anyone.  Police examined the area where the bicycle was last seen, and recovered partial fingerprints from a lock that had been on the bicycle but was now left on the floor.

Homicide – 550 Amsterdam Ave (Amsterdam Walk)
On Sunday, October 24, 2021, police were dispatched to a person shot call at 550 Amsterdam Ave NE (Amsterdam Walk).  Upon arrival, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound to his torse.  Grady EMS arrived on scene and transported the male to Grady Hospital. Despite life-saving efforts the male succumbed to his injuries. Homicide was requested and responded to the scene. The scene was processed by Crime Scene Technicians under the direction of Homicide Detectives. Representatives from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office were notified and arrived on scene. The investigation continues.

Note that technically this incident occurred in Morningside, but since Amsterdam is the dividing line between our two neighborhoods and we share the only ingress and egress to Amsterdam Walk, this information is reported here. In conversation with Atlanta Police we have learned that they are pursuing several avenues to improve the situation at this location including increased directed patrols, collaboration with neighborhood patrols for Virginia-Highland and Morningside Lenox Park, and license & permit actions. 

Covid-19 Update

There are now booster shots for all three COVID-19 Vaccines. More Information 
  Confirmed Cases Cases/
100K
Deaths Population
United States 45,759,230 13,938 741,566 332,915,073
Georgia 1,598,239 14,986 28,038 10,711,908
Fulton County 132,239 12,397 1,776 1,066,710
Atlanta Data Not Publicly Available
Fulton County Vaccination Rates (fully vaccinated)
  All Ages 29.70%  over 65 48.50%
Find all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the virus here

Resources for more information and assistance:
State of Georgia Department of Public Health
Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Information Hub
Atlanta Strong - COVID-19 Dashboard

The City of Atlanta has activated a text message service for COVID-19 updates. Sign up by texting “ATLCOVID19” to 88877.
We are current in Phase 2 (yellow) of our reopening plan.
  • Cases average between 75-249
  • Hospitalizations average between 201-349
  • Diagnostic test positivity between 5.1-10%
Wearing a mask in indoor facilities continues to be a mandate in the City of Atlanta. 
Find all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the virus here

Resources for more information and assistance:
State of Georgia Department of Public Health
Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Information Hub
Atlanta Strong - COVID-19 Dashboard

The City of Atlanta has activated a text message service for COVID-19 updates. Sign up by texting “ATLCOVID19” to 88877.
We are current in Phase 2 (yellow) of our reopening plan.
  • Cases average between 75-249
  • Hospitalizations average between 201-349
  • Diagnostic test positivity between 5.1-10%
Wearing a mask in indoor facilities continues to be a mandate in the City of Atlanta. 

Virginia-Highland Security Patrol Changes

In 2020, Virginia-Highland Security Patrol, Inc. was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit. This change provided some legal protection for the organization and the volunteers who manage it. It also allowed us to begin accepting tax free donations in addition to the membership fees which provide the bulk of our funds to hire officers.

Name Change – New Branding
As a result of incorporation, the name of the organization changed from Fight Back Against Crime (FBAC) to Virginia-Highland Security Patrol, inc. (VHSP). Accompanying the name change we have a new logo, web address (vahipatrol.org) yard signs, and are working on a new website to modernize our operations and give members more control over their account. New Yard Signs
Volunteers will be distributing new signs over the next month or so. If you see someone in your yard removing your old sign, please do not be alarmed. If you would like your new sign sooner, John has a fresh pile made up on his front porch on Vance Avenue.

Note that if your current sign has a metal stake in good shape, please reuse it. John has a stack of signs without stakes available. This will save us substantial funds as the stakes cost $2.85 each in the quantities we purchase.

One more word about yard signs. If anyone has a creative way to use the old signs (we have about 40 left) please stop by John’s porch and grab them before they go to CHaRM for recycling. These are plastic yard signs (12 x 12) and are blank on one side.
 

Changes to Integrate Neighborhood Watch
As mentioned earlier this year, the Neighborhood Watch program (our network of street captains) is now a part of the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol, Inc. This change consolidates all safety initiatives in Virginia-Highland under one organization and with the oversight of one board of directors. Up until now we have had two safety reports – one directed to street captains for distribution to their street, and another for members of the patrol. With this month, we are combining the two reports. Street captains will continue to forward the report to their lists, and Members will receive their report via MailChimp.

Once the new website is in production, member only information (such as the patrol schedule and patrol contact information) will be available in the members only area. Member billing reminders will also be handled by the new system. However, until that time we will continue to include these reminders in the header of the monthly report.
Let us know if you have questions!

Crime Statistics

October 2021 Beat
  601   602   613    614
Aggravated Assault -- 1 -- --
Auto Theft 3 3 5 2
Burglary Non-Residential   
& Residential
1 4 2 --
Larceny From Vehicle 20 38 14 8
Larceny Non-Vehicle 5 9 5 5
Homicide -- -- 1 --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial,
Pedestrian & Residential
1 -- 1 1
Beat 601 = all of Virginia-Highland

Beat 602 = Poncey-Highland and Inman Park

Beat 613 = Morningside and parts of Piedmont Heights and Lindridge Martin Manor

Beat 614 = Part of Midtown East including the Garden District
Note that two of the car break-ins on North Highland were at the parking lot behind Truva on different nights. Four of the break-ins on Ponce de Leon Avenue were in the parking lot of The Local on different nights. This lots are obviously targets. If you park in these lots, make sure to remove all items from your vehicle. 
 
October 2021    
  Beat 601    Zone 6  
Aggravated Assault -- 28
Auto Theft 3 30
Burglary Non-Residential
& Residential
1 24
Larceny From Vehicle 20 203
Larceny Non-Vehicle 5 87
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial,
Pedestrian & Residential
1 10
   



Vehicles were entered on Frederica (2), Greenwood, Los Angeles, Maiden Lane, N. Highland (7), Ponce de Leon Ave. (5), Ponce Place, Rosedale Dr., and St. Charles Ave. 
If you are a resident and not connected with your street captain, please send a message to safety@vahi.org to be introduced.

If you are not a resident but would like to be added to the distribution for these reports, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.
 
Stay Safe!
 
Kay Stephenson
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