By Chris Newman
In early October Zone 6 officers arrested a 23-year-old male in the SW section of Grant Park on Ormond near Cherokee. A resident in the area called 911 because several young men were going door-to-door asking for yard work at about 10am on a weekday. They did not have any tools, mowers, or other yard equipment.
The beat 605 day-watch officer was patrolling in the area when an alarm call came in. She was able to detain one suspect and he was charged with burglary and is in jail on a $27,000 bond. Our community prosecutor has picked up the case and we will work with him as the case moves forward through the Fulton county court system.
There has been a pattern of burglaries in the SW section of Grant Park on Hill Street, Little, and Bill Lucas. These have been both daytime and evening burglaries.
Vehicle larcenies continue to be a problem especially near the restaurants along Memorial Drive. These are happening at all times of the day and night. Do not assume it’s OK to leave valuables in the car, even while having lunch.
Thanks to all our members for your continuing support of Grant Park Security Patrol (GPSP). 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.
And a reminder to all members to notify GPSP if you 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 www.gpna.org and also edit email addresses there. Otherwise, send your new email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in the process of going to an email notification system so it is important to let us know of any changes of email addresses. If you are still receiving a paper copy of the newsletter and invoice, we ask that you consider the switch. It has greatly streamlined our volunteer hours.
In case you are not familiar with GPSP, it is a non-profit corporation run by volunteers. Membership costs $40 each quarter or $160 annually. GPSP uses that money to hire 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 that they will be out of town, additional attention is paid to their house while they are away. Since GPSP began over twenty 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! There is now a convenient online payment program. Just go to www.gpna.org and click on Security Patrol at the top. Please let GPSP know how easy/hard or useful you find the online system as it is regularly being tweaked.
Thanks to Botwinick and Botwinick, CPAs, APCO Graphics Inc., Paul Harrison of Edward Jones Investing, and Adams Realtors for sponsoring additional patrol hours.
Grant Park Security Patrol: Burglary Arrest
By Chris Newman