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VaHi Safety Team Report

March 6, 2021

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COVID-19 Update 

As of March 6, 2021   Confirmed Cases   Cases/100K   Deaths   Population   Vaccinations
                    1 Shot 2 shots
United States   29,193,273   8,793   527,917   331,996,199   57,358,849 29,776,160
Georgia   1,019,509   9,602   ** 17,815   10,617,423   1,390,243 872,270
Fulton County   75,380   6,858   ** 1,087   1,099,181   350,189
City of Atlanta   Data not currently available  
* 2,308 probable deaths                      
** 76 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. 

Significant Incident

Burglary 1000-Block Greenwood Ave
On February 16 at approximately 12:40 pm, police were dispatched to a residential burglary call in the 1000-Block of Greenwood Ave.  The victim reported that he had left the house before 5:00 pm the day prior to stay overnight with his girlfriend.  His two roommates were out of town, so he was the last person to leave his home.  When he returned to his three-level townhome this morning around 10:00 am, he entered the home and noticed that things were tossed about.  He spoke to his roommate by phone prior to calling 911.  His roommate (out of town) reported based on the victim’s description that a laptop and camera had possibly been stolen.  There were no signs of forced entry from either of two doors and no windows were damaged.  Police observed multiple items of value that had not been stolen on each level of the home – the only missing items had been located on the very top floor, accessible only by a narrow spiral staircase.  The victim stated that the whole house had been tossed / searched, but that his laptop was not stolen because it was under his bed covers.  There were no witnesses or video recording on scene.

Prowlers Reported
Several reports have been made by residents of prowlers walking around their property at night, checking doors and looking for opportunities. Please discourage this behavior by keeping outdoor lighting on all night - motion activated works well. Also make sure that doors and windows are locked and that alarm systems are engaged if one is available. Finally if you have video of prowlers around your property, please report this immediately to Atlanta Police Department via 911 and share the video with the police. Even though nothing was taken from your home, this video may help police to connect the dots on another crime. If you are a paid up member of the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol, please alert these officers as well. 

Quick Notes

Just a reminder that the Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD) is available to assist with individuals who are experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse. Rather than call the police, you can now call 311 during the hours of 7am to 7pm to request that a staffer come out and meet with the individual in need of services. This is not an alternative to calling the police in a situation where there is violence taking place or when the matter requires immediate response from Atlanta Police or Atlanta Fire Rescue. However, it is a good first step to moving away from punishing and toward helping. 

Crime Statistics

Note the concentration of thefts from auto this month. All occurred on streets in the south side of the neighborhood and all but two in the southwest quadrant. Please use extra caution not to leave anything visible in your vehicle. If you have good outdoor lighting around your property, keep it turned on overnight. Make sure shrubbery is trimmed so that suspects don't have a good place to hide from view, and so that your vehicle is visible to neighbors. These suspects would not be coming back to the same streets over and over unless they were finding success. Let's make it more difficult for them.  
February 2021 Beat
  601 602 613 614
Aggravated Assault -- -- 2 1
Auto Theft 2 1 6 1
Burglary Non-Residential 1 1 1 --
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 20 37 11 5
Larceny Non-Vehicle 5 7 3 7
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- -- -- 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
February 2021    
  Beat 601 Zone 6
Aggravated Assault -- 16
Auto Theft 2 32
Burglary Non-Residential 1 11
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 20 169
Larceny Non-Vehicle 5 75
Homicide -- 3
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 9
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential

Vehicles were entered on Highland View (2), Frederica (4), Greenwood (5), Ponce Place (3), North Highland (3), St. Charles Ave, and St. Louis Place (2)
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Stay Safe!
Kay Stephenson
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