A Wednesday meeting of Midtown residents concerned with a spike in crime in the neighborhood got a surprise guest – Mayor Kasim Reed.
According to CBS46, Reed joined other city leaders at the meeting, which took place in the backyard of a home on Charles Allen Drive. The meeting came after an escalation of incidents in Midtown, including the Saturday afternoon armed robbery of a mother of four.
Reed announced a $25,000 reward for information that leads to arrests in the case. He then pledged to do everything in his power to make residents feel safe.
“We’re going to do a number of things,” said Reed. “Number one, we’re going to significantly increase the amount of overtime that our officers are working, and number two, we’re going to expedite the use of technology and cameras to give our officers.”
Reed said the city and residents should encourage judges to get repeat offenders off the street, since they are the cause for much of the crime.
Residents are discussing forming neighborhood night patrols and have created a GoFundMe page to raise money to install security cameras and pay for neighborhood watch fees. Residents are also using the hashtag #SaferMidtown on social media to spread the word.
Reed also said a town hall meeting on crime concerns will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown.