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VaHi Safety Team Report

January 14, 2020

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COVID-19 Update

as of January 13, 2021 12:16pm

  Confirmed Cases   Cases/100K   Deaths   Population
               
United States 23,193,703   6,986   379,255   330,878,094
Georgia 668,068   6,167   *10,878   10,833,472
Fulton County 60,380   5,493   **808   1,099,181
City of Atlanta Data Not Publicly Available
               
* Plus 1,260 Probable Deaths            
** Plus 53 Probable Deaths            

The positivity rate for PCR/Molecular tests today (January 15th) is 16.8%. The goal is to be less than 5%. 
Current Statement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. Take steps to slow the spread of 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 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. 

Recent Burglaries

A message from Sgt. Clark of the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol
 

We have had four Burglaries in Virginia-Highland (Beat 601) since 12/25. Two were bicycles stolen from a shed and storage room, but the other two included home entry during the night time hours.  There are no listed suspects at this time but the cases are being actively worked by Atlanta Police. 

Since this is a pattern and the home entry at night is concerning, we want to remind members to secure doors and windows, and to set alarm systems if you have one. In addition please just be extra aware of what is happening around your home and those of your neighbors. If you see anything suspicious such as unknown persons peering into windows, poking around driveways and side or back yards, etc. please call 911 immediately and then call the patrol if they are on duty. The current schedule which includes the patrol phone number is attached. 

Burglaries
12/25 1100 block St. Augustine Pl (Bicycles stolen from shed)
12/28 1000 block St. Louis Place (Home Entry during the night)
1/5 1000 block Greenwood Av (Home Entry during the night)
1/13 800 block Arlington Pl (Bicycle stolen from storage room)
Sgt. Chris Clark
Join Virginia-Highland Security Patrol

First Responder Appreciation

On Tuesday December 22nd the Virginia-Highland Civic Association tsponsored a holiday party for APD Zone 6. The meal was catered by D.B.A. Barbecue, and was enjoyed by all. The meal consisted of pulled pork and chicken with tangy sauce, buffalo and lemon pepper wings with celery, blue cheese and ranch dressings, corn muffins, sandwich rolls, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, and drinks. Here are a few pictures of the event.

Also on Tuesday the VHCA also delivered gift cards for all three shifts of Fire station 19 (Atlanta) to purchase meals at D.B.A.

Our volunteers with Major Ries
Officers eagerly digging in.
Our youngest helper
DBA Prepared a delicious spread

Quick Notes

Political Yard Signs & Odd Messages - our safety counterpart in Piedmont Heights advises that residents there are being urged to remove political signage from their yard at this time. There is concern about retaliation based on what we saw in Washington, DC last week.

At the same time we have seen some bizarre messages left in the yards of residents in VaHi with political yard signs. If you have found similar messages, please alert the safety team with an email to vahisafety@gmail.com.

While we do not have reason to expect violence or vandalism here in the neighborhood, it is a time of heightened emotions. Law enforcement is taking steps to be prepared for any eventuality and we should all be extra aware of what is happening here at home and around the city. 

Congratulations to Chris Clark - Chris Clark who has managed the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol for over 25 years was recently selected by new Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to serve as the chief of her evidence division. This is just one indication of the positive changes we can expect in that office. Chris will continue to serve VHSP and retains all policing powers he exercised while working for the Atlanta Police Department. Please congratulate Chris if you see him around the neighborhood!

We also eagerly await word of the new DA's plans for CourtWatch which falls into the Programs Division headed by Michael Cuffee, Chief Programs Director . Stay tuned for updates. 

Crime Statistics

Year End Summary - Theft from auto and auto theft remain the two consistent problems in our neighborhood. However, compared to 2019 when we averaged about twenty theft from auto incidents per month, this year we averaged thirteen - fourteen. This is more in line with our 2017 and 2018 numbers.
We have averaged about three auto thefts each month, and police have told us that in a large percentage of incidents citywide, keys have been left in the vehicle. Please make sure when you exit your vehicle for any reason - to pump gas, run into the store, etc. you have turned the vehicle off and have the keys with you.

We remain fortunate that violent crime in our neighborhood has remained low in a year when it has spiked elsewhere in the city. 

December 2020 Beat
  601   602   613   614  
Aggravated Assault 1 2 1 --
Auto Theft 2 7 8 2
Burglary Non-Residential 2 2 -- --
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 20 51 24 7
Larceny Non-Vehicle 1 5 7 2
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
December 2020    
    Beat 601     Zone 6  
Aggravated Assault 1 26
Auto Theft 2 59
Burglary Non-Residential 2 32
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 20 243
Larceny Non-Vehicle 1 76
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 7
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential
   



Vehicles were entered on Brookridge, Frederica, Greenwood (2), Kentucky, Los Angeles (2), N. Highland (6), Ponce de Leon Ave. (5), St. Charles Ave., and Virginia 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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