NPU demands more police presence in Chastain Park

Neighborhood Planning Unit-A kicked off its Feb. 4 agenda with a demand for more police presence and action in the Chastain Park area after a recent spate of home burglaries.

Despite a report from a visiting Atlanta Police officer who said crime was down 15 percent in Zone 2, NPU board members disagreed with the statistics. The board was also outraged to discover that only one patrol car is assigned to Zone 2.

NPU-A Chairman Brink Dickerson said the Atlanta Police Department was not doing enough to prevent breaking and entering crime around Chastain Park.

“We’re fed up with it and we’re tired of hearing that crime is down,” Dickerson said.

NPU member Nina Schwartz said burglars were knocking on doors to see if anyone was home, then pretending to have the wrong house if someone answered the door. Dickerson, who had his own home robbed last year, said this was a precursor to future burglaries.

“Our zone has four percent of the population, pays 18 percent of the taxes and gets one percent of the service,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson said he would be contacting Police Chief George Turner and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed about getting more patrols in the area.

For more agenda items from the NPU-A meeting, check out the full story at Reporter Newspapers.

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