A recent email to residents from an Atlanta Police Department zone commander underscores the difficulties the department and Atlantans face when it comes to crime but it also stresses the need to remain aware and vigilant.
In a Tuesday morning email to neighborhood groups, Major Khirus Williams says Monday night saw a rise in robberies and carjackings. Williams says that recent furloughs have reduced the number of street patrols and that criminals are "becoming more brazen." In the email, he offers tips residents can use to stay safe and reduce the likelihood of crime.
Needless to say, some of them are pretty depressing. But "more with less" and all that.
Please read this e-mail and alert our citizens that we had robberies and multiple car jackings throughout the City of Atlanta (metro wide) last night, including your area.
Please, let us all keep our exterior lights on to illuminate the area. This makes the area unpopular for criminals!
Also, please have your family, friends, and neighbors to blow their horn when arriving. This allows us to watch for them until they arrive, inside, safely. Open the window dressings and hi-light them with a flash-light. Thus, the criminal element would be aware that someone is watching!
Furthermore, we have to minimize just visiting in the drive way, or sidewalks, at nights. I know that this is unfair, but the criminals are becoming more brazen and this is their method of attack. Patrols throughout the City are not as common as they were in the past, as a result of furloughs.
In closing, we have to do things differently than we did in the past, until there is a change. Please, let us minimize the opportunity for us to become victims and assist others as they return home.
Khirus E. Williams
Major Khirus E. Williams
Zone 5 commander
200 Spring Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
"Who is it, today, that you have helped, or hindered and which will it be tomorrow?"
Included in the email was a summary of crimes that took place in Zone 5 that night and morning.
From: Hudson, Fred
Sent: Tue Mar 17 07:37:36 2009
Sgt. F. Hudson
Z-5 Morning Watch
On 03-16-09 at 2256pm, unit 1505 responded to an Armed Robbery at [redacted] Myrtle Street . The victim ([redacted]) stated that approximately five black males approached him and put a gun to his head and demanded his property. The suspects took his blackberry and $27.00 U.S. Currency. On 03-16-09 around 2345pm unit 1508 responded to a Armed Robbery at [redacted] Walker street . The victim ([redacted]) stated that two black males approached him and pulled out a hand gun and demanded the keys to his vehicle. The suspects took his vehicle, I-Pod, and $50.00 U. S. Currency. On 03-17-09 around 0005am, unit 1501 responded to a Armed Robbery at [redacted] Hirsch street . The victim ([redacted]) stated that he was walking down the street when two black males approached him pulled out a hand gun and demanded his property. The suspects took $20.00 U. S. Currency, social security card, and credit card. The description of all the suspects was similar. They all were wearing black hoodies, dark skinned black males, and one of them seems to have short dred locks. There is a possibility that these are the same suspects committing these crimes. A lookout was given on the suspects and the areas were saturated with Police and investigators looking for these suspects. None of the suspects were apprehended, so we will continue our efforts to locate these suspects.
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