Monday, October 11, 2010

FBAC Va-Hi hopes to expand coverage area

Posted By on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Following a rash of six armed robberies in six weeks — the majority of which were committed just outside their coverage area — FBAC (Fighting Back Against Crime) Virginia-Highland is discussing expanding its reach. Supported by monthly dues paid by residents and area businesses, FBAC Virginia-Highland hires off-duty APD officers to patrol the streets five nights a week in five-hour shifts.

Below is a map of FBAC's current coverage area, the area that would be included in the expansion and fun little pistols to represent where the six most recent armed robberies took place.

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To support the expansion — click here to see of a list of the streets that stand to be included — FBAC representatives have said they'd need at least 100 additional businesses and/or residents to contribute $25 a month in dues. Zone 6 Commander, Major John Dalton, told the Va-Hi Safety Team that he is "aware" and "concerned about" the about the number of burglaries and robberies in Virginia-Higland in recent weeks. In response, members of APD's FIT Unity (plain clothes and tactical officers) have been deployed in the area.

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