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VaHi Safety Report

December 10, 2020

Table of Contents
  Confirmed Cases   Cases/100K   Deaths   Population
United States 15,040,175   4,597   285,351   330,692,442
Georgia 512,267   4,870   *9,073   10,833,472
Fulton County 40,862   3,714   **692   1,099,113
City of Atlanta Data Not Publicly Available
* Plus 848 Probable Deaths            
** Plus 41 Probable Deaths            
Numbers as of 10:00 am on 12/10/20
Current Statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. As cold weather moves in, people spend more time indoors, and the holidays approach, take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19. 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 888777. 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. 

Porch Pirates - Help a Neighbor Out!

It's that time of year when many of us are ordering online and receiving packages from family and friends. It's also that time of year when porch pirates are most active. Some delivery personnel do a great job of tucking packages out of sight and ringing the doorbell so you know something has arrived. Others, not so much.

For several years we have recommended that residents of Virginia-Highland take advantage of our safe delivery program. Our good neighbor Morningstar Storage will allow you to have packages shipped to them and then you can pick up during their regular business hours. Just call or stop in (masked of course) for more details.

Recently one of our residents offered another suggestion. As more of us are at home and out walking regularly, look on your neighbor's porch. If you see a package, take the time to tuck it out of view from the street, or to send them and email or text so they can retrieve it before they fall victim to opportunity. We all hesitate to venture onto the property of strangers, so you might want to restrict this to people you know, but it truly is a neighborly thing to do. 

Zone 6 Toy Drive

Don't forget the annual Zone 6 Toy Drive. Virginia-Highland coordinator for this project, John Wolfinger, posted this yesterday.

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Atlanta and I delivered the first carload of toys for our APD Zone 6 toy drive to the precinct house in Kirkwood. These toys have come from my generous Virginia-Highland neighbors that had been brought to my front porch. I'll be collecting new and unwrapped toys til the 16th. So - my Zone 6 neighbors have a week to bring toys to 1054 Vance Avenue, NE.

Your generosity is needed more than ever this year. Please do what you can. 

APAB Safety Committee

The Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB), an entity chartered by the City of Atlanta and made up of representatives from every Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) in the city, has recently formed the APAB Public Safety and Legal Adminstration Committee. All APAB meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to learn more about what this group is working on, you may attend a special called committee meeting tonight at 6:00 PM. Join Zoom Meeting

You may also watch the meeting and follow the committee on Facebook at: Future meetings will be announced on Facebook as well.

Quick Notes

Note in the report below that there was a homicide in VaHi this past month. Sadly this was a case of murder/suicide. Out of decency and respect for the family, we are not going to share any addition details except this. If you have a neighbor or friend that you suspect is struggling, please reach out to them. Let them know that they have people who care and will help. If appropriate, provide them with information on how to seek help. This article has a good list of national and local resources. 

Crime Statistics

November 2020 Beat
     601     602    613  614
Aggravated Assault -- 1 2 --
Auto Theft 6 5 2 3
Burglary Non-Residential -- 2 3 --
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 15 48 19 7
Larceny Non-Vehicle 2 5 8 3
Homicide 1 -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 4 2 --
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
November 2020 Beat 601 Zone 6
Aggravated Assault -- 19
Auto Theft 6 53
Burglary Non-Residential -- 24
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 15 242
Larceny Non-Vehicle 2 77
Homicide 1 2
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 20
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential

Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam, Briarcliff Place, Greenwood, Los Angeles, N. Highland (3), Orme Circle, Ponce de Leon Avenue (4), Ponce Place, St. Charles Aveenue and Virginia. 
If you are a resident and not connected with your street captain, please send a message to 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 with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.
Stay Safe!
Kay Stephenson
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