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VaHi Safety Team Report

February 17, 2021

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COVID-19 Update 

    Confirmed Cases   Cases/100K   Deaths   Population Vaccinations
                   
United States   27,600,391   4,597   453,466   330.7M 56,281.83
Georgia   969,702   9,133   *14,176   10.8M 1,473,440
Fulton County   72,293   6,577   **999   1.1M No Data
City of Atlanta   Data not currently available  

* 1,998 probable deaths
** 69 probable deaths
Current Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC has information on schools and childcare programs, new virus variants, how to make masking more effective and more. Find all CDC guidance 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. A face mask mandate is in place when in public places.

NB: there are differences in how and when data is reported. When you compare data on the CDC website with data on the Fulton County website for example, you will see differences due to a variety of factors. It is best to use these sources to view general trends rather than specific case counts or deaths on any given day. 

Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative

For some time the PAD (Pre-Arrest Diversion) program has been piloted in Zone 5 and more recently our Zone 6. in the words of the PAD team:

The Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative works to reduce arrest and incarceration of people experiencing extreme poverty, problematic substance use, or mental health concerns, and increase the accessibility of supportive services in Atlanta and Fulton County.

PAD fosters a new approach to community safety and wellness by providing an alternative to punishing people for what they do to survive. Instead, we connect with people as people, address their basic needs, and work with them to reduce harm to themselves and their neighbors. We believe communities are safer and healthier when people have what they need to not only survive, but to thrive. 

Now we have the opportunity to take advantage of these services directly without calling 911 for the police. PAD has partnered with the City of Atlanta 311 non-emergency service line to allow citizens to report issues of community concern related to behavioral health or poverty. Team members respond by meeting the individual in need of services in the field. They offer short term solutions for shelter and stabilization, and referrals to other programs.

Though there is no guarantee that individuals will accept help, this is one alternative to sending people to jail for quality of life issues. 

Residents may call Monday - Friday from 7am - 7pm. Currently this is only available in Zone 5 and 6 (VaHi is in Zone 6) but they are ramping up to go citywide later this year. 

Find more information about the program here

If you take advantage of this program to report an individual who may be in need of services, please send a message to vahisafety@gmail.com and let us know about your experience. 

Recent Burglaries

The following information about incidents in late December and January has been provided courtesy of the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol. This is an uncommon pattern of burglaries in the area, so please take extra precautions - lock up bicycles, turn on alarm systems if you have one even when at home, etc. 

Burglary – 1100-Block Saint Augustine Place (Bicycles Stolen from Shed)
On December 25, police responded to a caller from the 1100-Block of Saint Augustine Pl NE who advised that his two bicycles had been stolen out of his shed.  The victim last saw the bicycles the day prior around 2:55 PM.  The bikes were in an unlocked shed.  The bikes were described as a light blue “Public C7” and an older green “Schwinn” with multi-colored tape on the handles.  The victim further advised that he had discovered video footage from his security camera of an unknown male who came onto his porch and went through some boxes.  The responding officer reviewed the video footage and confirmed it showed a male with a light-colored hoodie and what seemed to be a flannel jacket going through boxes on the porch.  The victim was put in touch with an investigator to email a copy of the video footage.
 
Burglary – 1000-Block Saint Louis Place (Home Entry)
On December 28 at 7:52 AM, police responded to a residential burglary call on Saint Louise Place.  The victim reported that an unknown person had entered her home sometime between 12:30 AM and 7:30 AM, while she and her husband had been upstairs asleep overnight.  Neither the victim or her husband heard anything, but in the morning the victim found the side door open in the morning.  There was no damage to the door and the victim advised that it may have been left unlocked.  The victim reported that she does not have a house alarm system or surveillance cameras inside or outside the house.
The victim reported items missing from her residence included 20-30 bottles of liquor taken from a lower cabinet in the kitchen, a cloth wallet containing her Georgia ID, Apple iPhone, three credit cards missing from her purse that was sitting on a kitchen bar stool, a set of Bose speakers missing from a dining room hutch cabinet, a blue and a blue bicycle and helmet, and Nikon binoculars.  All items were taken from three rooms on the downstairs part of the residence.
The victim contacted her bank while police were on scene and found that there was no fraudulent activity on the missing credit or debit cards.  The victim did not have GPS tracking capabilities for her phone.  The victim also reported that a black knit glove was left on the floor in front of the wine cabinet in the dining room; the glove did not belong to the victim or her husband and police collected it as evidence.
            The victim advised that she recovered the missing bicycle helmet and a bottle of liquor from her driveway prior to the arrival of police.  These items were dusted for fingerprints along with the door and other ares of the house, but no usable prints were detected.  The responding officer noticed a Ring doorbell at the home of a neighbor across the street and spoke with the homeowner.  The neighbor did not find any relevant activity around the victim’s residence.
 
Burglary – 1000-Block Greenwood Ave (Home Entry)
On January 5 at approximately 1:03 PM, police were dispatched to a residential burglary call on Greenwood Ave NE.  The victim stated she went to bed last night around 11:00 PM.  When she woke up this morning around 10:00 AM, she discovered items had been stolen from her home.
            The victim advised that her roommate had come home around 8:00 AM and noticed that the screen porch door was left ajar and some furniture was out of place.  The roommate closed the door and pushed a heavy sofa back in place before going to sleep and remarked to himself that he thought it odd for the victim to let the dog out that way.  The old-style French doors had multiple locks, all of which were not locked according to the victim, and these doors were blocked by a full sized sofa.
            There were no signs of damage to the door or any items inside the home.  The victim stated that she did not hear anything and that her dog did not alert her to any overnight disturbance.  The victim reported that the following items, all belonging to her alone, had been taken: a camera pack valued around $100, a Canon EOS camera valued around $600, three Canon lenses valued around $300, her US passport, an external hard drive, her red winter coat valued around $250, a red and brown Coach bag and a Coach wallet valued around $50 which contained her Georgia driver’s license.  The victim checked and confirmed that none of her bank or credit cards had been used.  No witnesses or video recording devices were discovered in the area.

Burglary – 800-Block Arlington Place (Bicycles Stolen from Storage Room)
On January 13 at approximately 12:15 PM, police responded to a residential burglary call on Arlington Place NE.  The victim stated that the previous day, around 6:00 PM her husband had planned to ride his bicycle but changed his plans and placed his black Diamondback mountain bike in the rear side storage room located at the bottom of their residence.  The victim advised that her husband may have forgotten to lock the room door.
            When her husband went to retrieve the bike around 9:00 AM, he discovered the rear storage room door completely open and the bicycle missing.  The victim reviewed footage from her front side video cameras but did not see anything useful.  Police searched around several nearby vacant apartments but were unable to locate the missing bicycle and the case was turned over to investigators.
 
Please consider joining the VHSP.
Join Virginia-Highland Security Patrol

Quick Notes - Current Scams!

Pine Straw - Neighbors in Sherwood Forest, Druid Hills and Morningside have reported individuals going door-to-door offering a good price on pine straw that they have left over from another job. Unfortunately when the work is done they claim to have distributed far more bales of straw than actually used - in one case they claimed 250 bales but video shows only about 20. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Gift Cards - Also, the gift card scam is back. In this one someone emails claiming to be someone you know - a grandchild, friend of family etc. They claim they need to you to purchase gift cards and then give them the numbers so they can cash them in. There is always a very creative story about why they can't purchase them directly and need the cards immediately. Don't be duped. If you receive and email or call from someone asking you to spend money, make sure you know who you are dealing with. 

Crime Statistics

January 2021 Beat
  601    602    613    614
Aggravated Assault -- -- 2 1
Auto Theft 6 2 6 --
Burglary Non-Residential     2 1 4 1
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 21 48 13 5
Larceny Non-Vehicle 2 3 4 8
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 1 -- --
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential
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
January 2021    
  Beat 601     Zone 6
Aggravated Assault -- 16
Auto Theft 6 54
Burglary Non-Residential       2 30
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 21 226
Larceny Non-Vehicle 2 69
Homicide -- --
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 14
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential
   

Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam (2), Drewry, Frederica, Hudson, N. Highland () Ponce de Leon Ave., Ponce de Leon Place, Rosedale Dr. (2), Rosedale Rd., St. Charles Ave., Virginia Ave., and Virginia Circle. 

Vehicles were stolen from Adair, Frederica, Kanuga, North Highland and Ponce de Leon 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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