You've probably heard news reports of how crime, nationwide, has increased. Atlanta is no exception.
Recently, Midtown has seen an uptick in the number of armed robberies, car break-ins and car theft.
In the last 24 hours, Midtown reported three armed robberies:
- 930 Spring Street at 8:00 PM Friday; possible wounded victim not yet identified and was not at the scene when police arrived
- 1400 West Peachtree at 3:00 AM Saturday; no significant injuries; altercation evolved from car accident entering the parking garage
- 930 Spring Street at 6:00 AM Saturday; victim wounded in the leg after being approached in parking deck by two males asking for valuables
The investigations are open and ongoing. No suspects have been apprehended at the time of this posting. APD Zone 5 will have added resources in the area tonight. Please call 911 to report suspicious activity.
HOW TO PRACTICE GOOD SAFETY HABITS
Listed below are good habits to establish to take care of yourself and others but especially as we enter into the holiday season.
Please share these tips with your friends, family and visitors.
- Do not leave your car running when you stop to pick up take-out or to run a short errand into the gas station or dry cleaner.
- Do not leave a spare key fob in your car.
- Lock your car doors anytime you exit your vehicle but also when you are inside your car.
- Do not get distracted. Using your phone while at a traffic light can distract you from a person approaching or entering your vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables in your car and visible. Bring them inside whenever possible and use your trunk when necessary.
- Do not leave weapons in your car. Over 1,000 guns have been stolen in the City of Atlanta this year.
- Walk with a buddy. Walk a friend to their car and then ask your friend to drive you to yours. Be thoughtful of each other's safety.
- Have your keys ready. Fumbling for your keys can create an opportunity for a criminal to approach you.
- Be aware and vigilant. Headphones and chatting on the phone can be a dangerous distraction especially at night. Stay aware of your surroundings.
PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBORS
- Many of our buildings have secured access that depends on residents doing their part as well. Do not hold the door open for individuals you do not know.
- Only press your floor's button. Resist the urge to scan your card and ask "what floor?" Let each person activate their own floor.
- If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to 911 and then alert your property manager or affected neighbor. More communication is better.
- Schedule your deliveries for when you will be home to receive them or can pick them up from your building package room quickly.
- Combine your deliveries into fewer shipments.
- Start using Amazon lockers to pick up and return your items.