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VaHi Safety Team Report

November 16, 2020

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The report is quite late this month due to challenges in obtaining crime statistics and other issues on my part. However, as I was seeking new ways to gather data, I wondered what value our community is finding in this information. Are there other topics, besides reporting crime statistics, the details of specific cases, and safety tips that would be useful? If you have thoughts about how we, as a community, can make these reports more useful, please send Deborah and me a message at vahisafety@gmail.com

Pedestrian Robberies - SUSPECT ARRESTED in Zone 6!

Over the weekend of November 6 - 7, there were a string of pedestrian robberies committed by the same suspects.  APD's Crime Suppression Unit was able to locate and arrest the listed suspect, with Criminal Investigations Division (CID) working and obtaining warrants on the other incidents. 

Though these incidents did not occur in Virginia-Highland (beat 601) they were in the adjacent communities of Poncey-Highland and Inman Park. These suspects could have easily continued into VaHi along N. Highland.

The VaHi Safety Team has requested that our Zone 6 Community Prosecutor monitor this case and keep CourtWatchers updated. Following are the details of each incident.

  1.  20-310-1202 @ 97 Estoria
    • Gun
    • Nissan Murano used
    • ARREST:  Wilkinson, Quentin 
  2.   20-310-1674 @ 623 Irwin
    • Gun
    • Nissan Murano used
    • Suspect:  Wilkinson, Quentin 
    • Line-up being conducted by Robbery today/tomorrow
  3.   20-310-1660 @ 701 N. Highland Ave
    • Gun
    • Silver in color SUV
    • Suspect:  Wilkinson, Quentin 
    • Line-up being conducted by Robbery today/tomorrow
  4. 20-311-0067 @ 240 N. Highland Ave
    • Gun
    • Nissan Murano
    • ARREST:  Wilkinson, Quentin 
  5. 20-310-1269 @ 498 Seminole Ave NE
    • May be related to Wilkinson, Quentin.  Same MO.  Silver SUV
    • Assigned to Robbery.  Waiting on Line-up

Holiday Safety Tips from
Virginia-Highland Security Patrol

For Your Car:

  • Be mindful of your parking spot and park as close as possible to the store. Try to shop during the day, but if you must shop at night, park in well-lit, high-traffic areas
  • Try to avoid parking near cars with dark tinted windows, or cars that obstruct your view
  • Do not leave car doors unlocked or the windows down /sunroof open, even if you’re just making a quick stop. Thieves are good – and fast – at what they do
  • Avoid a smash and grab – don’t leave anything in plain view in your car that could perceived as valuable (criminals don’t know that your duffle bag only contains gym clothes)
  • Prior to arriving at the mall, lock all valuables in the trunk of your vehicle. When at the mall, do not take packages to your car and then return to the store. Packages should be secured in the vehicle trunk only before leaving to go home or to another shopping center
  • Don’t fumble for your keys when you arrive at your car. Have them ready to use before leaving your home, job or the mall
  • Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within distance of your car door. And only unlock the driver’s door, unless others are riding with you
  • If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked at a gas station, even while pumping gas
  • When banking, be aware of your surroundings in drive-up ATMs and when returning to the parking lot from a walk-up ATM or inside the bank
  • At home, park your vehicle in your garage or lock your door when taking packages into and out of your house. Do not leave your keys, garage door opener, valuables (such as laptop computers, tablets, backpacks or purses) or items with personal information in plain view
While Shopping:
  • Shop with a friend. There’s safety in numbers
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Carry only the credit cards you intend to use
  • Do not carry a wallet in your back pocket. It should be in your front pants pocket
  • If you carry a purse, wear the straps across your body instead of around your arms or shoulders. Consider using a fanny pack instead
  • Don’t buy more than you can safely carry. Ask a friend or store employee to help you carry your purchases to your vehicle
  • Thieves or robbers often look for “high value” shopping bags with your purchases. When possible, slip bags/purchases in a plain bag
  • Use ATMs and credit card readers wisely. Have your card ready before approaching the machine and use ATMs in high traffic areas. Test them for skimming devices
  • Shopping with children?
    • Teach them how to ask mall personnel or store security employees for help
    • Make a plan, and identify
Personal Safety:
  • Dress casually and comfortably
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you
  • Be aware of your environment. Don't walk or park in poorly lit areas
  • Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by your devices – it’s easy to be caught off-guard while talking on a cell phone or posting an update on your tablet. Smartphone theft is a year-round problem, and the last thing you want is for your phone (and packages) to end up under someone else's tree!
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings
  • Consider having a chemical agent or loud audible alarm in your possession
  • If you believe someone is following you, cross the street, switch directions, walk into a store or restaurant. If you're really scared, yell to attract attention and scare off the thief
  • Keep a record of all of credit card numbers (and issuer information) in a safe place at home. Notify your credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused
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Crime Statistics

October 2020 Beat
    601   602   613   614
Aggravated Assault -- -- 1 --
Auto Theft 5 4 2 2
Burglary Non-Residential -- 2 2 --
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 10 35 11 3
Larceny Non-Vehicle 1 6 3 9
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- -- 3 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
 
October 2020
 
Beat 601
 
Zone 6
 
Aggravated Assault -- 24
Auto Theft 5 56
Burglary Non-Residential -- 24
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 10 148
Larceny Non-Vehicle 1 74
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 15
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential
   

Vehicles were entered on Brookridge, Ponce de Leon Ave.(4) , Rosedale Drive, St. Charles Ave., Todd Road, Virginia Ave., and Virginia Circle. 

Vehicles were stolen from Adair, Briarcliff Place, Highland View, Hudson, and Virginia Avenue
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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