HA! A great job?!?! Maybe if you live in North Atlanta!
Southwest Atlanta (SWAT) crime is on the rise. And these officers can't get things under control. There were over 25 break-ins the month of December before the first CV article was written: http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/0….
Although there seemed to be a small break in February the first week of March marked the beginning of our spring free-for-all for SWAT criminals.
Police did "respond" to some of our claiming claiming the start of "investigations". Many citizens have turned in evidence, photographs, addresses as the crimes continue. Over we are told there is a "plan of action". None of us have seen or heard of it's details, however we continue to be victimized as our homes are broken into 2, 3, and 4 times. Yes. Great Job APD. Great Job.
Keep up the good work continuing to turn a blind eye to the crimes taking place in the neighborhoods of your SWAT tax paying citizens.
@Chris you have such a way with words... thank you!
@Trina yes everything Chris said and then some...
I moved to Capitol View 12 years ago FULLY aware of what I was getting myself into. I CHOSE to live here because of it's diversity.
CV is one of the ONLY neighborhoods left in atlanta that has not been homogenized and further segregated through gentrification and I will do my best to keep it that way! I also CHOSE to further invest in my neighborhood by purchasing more property and inviting more open minded individuals into our neighborhood because i love it and will love it with or with out the crime!
regardless of our reasons for living in CV our diverse community deserves the same level of public safety and education services and it is unfortunate that we don't.
the problem we are currently facing with CV is quite sad. the youngsters who were 3-7 years old when I moved here are now juveniles acting out...they were the ones "cheated" out of an education (as mentioned above). as a community we are looking towards outreach solutions so this cycle is not repeated within our community. with the help of dedicated citizens and public servants we will find a solution! when we do, when we make positive headlines please keep your narrow minded investment dollars out of our community.
Thanks Andre and others for your responses and interest in this post.
I "Mary" have been in Capitol View (CV) for 12 years, own/manage 4 houses in our sweet neighborhood and have experienced 5 breakins in the past 5 months, As a result I have lost 3 AWESOME tenants and my own home has been broken into as well as mentioned above.
The original email I sent to city officials raised many questions in order to create a dialogue through which a solution to these serious issues may be found.
As a frustrated home owner I expressed opinions and solutions based on my personal experiences and efforts to reduce the crime in CV. There are MANY factors that add to this recent serge and I'm sure there just as many solutions. I do not have the statistics or the resources to prove whether or not my hunches are right, however I have lived here long enough to know when something is WAY off. I do believe the recent district changes are ONE among MANY factors.
I whole heartedly appreciate the efforts of APD yet believe ALL of us can work together towards improving the current situation.
from my original correspondence:
"I am an educator, arts advocate, and local investor. I have lived in Capitol View for over twelve years and I know and love my community and it's rich culture. I have watched my neighborhood sprout, transform, and grow before my eyes and have also witnessed many variables leading to its decline. It is true that our entire nation is going through an economic transition. Unfortunately, it is all too common that neighborhoods like my own are the hardest hit during these times. When budgets and resources are cut we are the first citizens affected regardless of the taxes we have paid and regardless of the personal efforts we have made within our communities to ensure positive growth and social change. I understand the inherent faults within our system, they have existed for many years and will take time to change. However it is important for us to make the best use of our current resources within these confines... Please let me know exactly what type of support you need from me and the Capitol View community to expedite these requests. I understand that there may be a process and I look forward to working together to resolve this issue ASAP... Please advise me of the next step..."
In order to move forward we mustn't point fingers or place blame, but rather ask questions, propose and investigate solutions, and support one another in a common cause.
Let's stay focused on the issues and their solutions.
I'm hoping we can will all put forth our best effort for the sake of the community we all love.
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