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Grant Park Security Patrol

By Chris Newman
In the month of January, there were two pedestrian robberies at night. One was on Woodward near Boulevard; the suspect is a tall white male who snatched a female’s purse. There was also a robbery at the shopping center north of I-20 and Boulevard.
There were several burglaries during the month. One was in the afternoon at a residence onHill StreetnearGeorgia Avenue. A side door was kicked in and the alarm was activated but a flat panel TV was taken. There was a burglary on Confederate at Delmar during the day; TVs and computers were taken. There was no alarm, so there was not a specific timeframe. There was an early evening burglary on Boulevard atAtlanta   Avenue. A rear door was pried open and several electronics were taken.
Vehicle larceny continues to be a serious problem here in the Grant Park area, and the latest twist is the theft of catalytic converters fromToyota4-Runners. Three juveniles were seen tossing concrete and bottles through a number of car windshields on the north side of the neighborhood. They ran off before police could arrive. There were several vehicle larcenies at the Grant Park lots. These crimes take just seconds and we ask all residents and their guests to be extra cautious and hide valuables out of sight.
Grant Park is now beat 605 as part of zone 6. Major Dalton is the commander of this precinct. Zone 6 officers are gradually becoming familiar with the new beats and we’ve seen good response times to alarms and 911 calls.
Thanks to all our members for your continuing support of GPSP. The quarterly payment is $40 per household and the annual payment is now $160. It’s easy to pay online but, if you’d prefer to receive a hard copy of the invoice with an envelope to pay by mail, just email GPSP. If you are already a member, please encourage a friend or neighbor to join.
All members are reminded to notify GPSP if are changing email addresses. If GPSP does not have your correct address you will miss crime alerts, invoices, and more. Members who join online can verify their payments at the Security Patrol section of and also edit email addresses there. Otherwise, send your new email address to
We are looking for additional volunteers for zone captains as well as to rotate in board members to help our long-time board volunteers. Please contact Linda Jones for more info. We’ll post electronically the time and location for the annual meeting, which will be held in March or early April. Please let GPSP know how easy/hard or useful you find the online system as it is regularly being tweaked.
In case you are not familiar with GPSP, it is a non-profit corporation run by volunteers. GPSP hires off-duty police officers to patrol the streets of Grant Park. During each patrol, the GPSP officer will usually pass each member’s house at least three times. If a member lets GPSP know they will be out of town, additional attention is paid to their house while they are away. Since GPSP began over 20 years ago, burglaries in the neighborhood have dropped by 70%, and some of that dramatic decrease can be attributed to the work of the GPSP officers. The more members GPSP has, the more patrol hours can be afforded, so please join!.
Thanks to Botwinick and Botwinick, CPAs; APCO Graphics Inc.; Edward Jones Investors (Paul Harrison); and Adams Realtors for sponsoring additional patrol hours this quarter. Thanks to Linda Jones of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Intown Office for providing photocopying services this quarter.
For information about joining GPSP, please email Chris Newman,, or link to the GPSP site by going to and clicking on Security Patrol at the top.

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