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NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY

The Druid Hills Public Safety Committee is chaired by Doug Rollins. We are working on multiple approaches to addressing crime within our community. Please send any neighborhood public safety concerns to:  publicsafety@druidhills.org.

See our TRANSPORTATION ISSUES PAGE for the latest articles about transportation development.

DRUID HILLS crime OVER four years

Learn more about our DHCA Public Safety Committee's 2018-2022 Crime Study

Beginning in May 2018, the Druid Hills Civic Association’s Public Safety Committee has been tracking all crimes reported in Druid Hills. A new report summarizes the four years of detailed data and provides a baseline as we focus on how to make Druid Hills an even safer place to live. 

Summary

1.     Crime in Druid Hills is low compared with Georgia and the United States. Crime on streets with primarily single-family homes has been trending downward since September 2019. Meanwhile, crime in commercial areas and apartment complexes has been increasing as a percent of all crime in Druid Hills.

2.     Violent crime is extremely rare in Druid Hills; there were no murders and only nine aggravated assaults in the neighborhood over the four years.

3.     About 90% of all crime in Druid Hills is property crime, and the rate as a percent of the population is lower than in Georgia and the U.S. Over the four years of our study, only 18 burglaries occurred on the 95 single-family streets, or about 4.5 per year. 

4.     Larceny, theft from motor vehicles in particular, is the largest category of crime in Druid Hills, comprising 68% of all crime in the area. These auto-related crimes have been trending somewhat lower since May 2020, near the beginning of the pandemic, than in the prior two years.

Download the full Four-Year Druid Hills Crime Report

Car break-ins have been high for the past three months in our neighborhood. Please help your neighbors. Park your cars in a driveway if you have one. Consider a camera to monitor your driveway and home. And if you are the victim of a crime please REPORT it immediately to the police! That’s the only way the police can address crime in our neighborhood. The report is not sent to insurance companies.

Druid Hills Crime Report
December 2022 : 4
0 total crimes

in DeKalb County : 34 crimes

Case #

Type of crime

Address

Date

Day

Comm’l
or
resident’l
complex

23-
000105

Theft from motor vehicle

1300 block
Normandy Dr

12/31/2022
@ 10:00 pm

Sat

23-
000103

Theft from motor vehicle

1100 block
Hancock Dr

12/31/2022
@ 10:00 pm

Sat

22-
110794

Theft from motor vehicle

1300 block
Harvard Rd

12/30/2022
@ 9:30 pm

Fri

22-
110801

Motor vehicle theft. Victim’s daughter’s VW Jetta stolen from driveway. Reviewing Arlo camera - it showed two suspects.

2100 block
E Lake Rd

12/30/2022
@ 7:07 pm

Fri

22-
110768

Theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories. Catalytic convertor taken from car.

1000 block
Briarcliff Rd

12/29/2022
@ 11:00 pm

Thurs

22-
110387

Theft from motor vehicle

1600 block
Clifton Rd
(Emory University)

12/29/2022
@ 12:40 pm

Thurs

23-
000346

All other larceny. Victim reported that his new debit card had not arrived, but two withdrawals had been made using it.

1300 block
Briarcliff Rd

12/27/2022
@ 12:00 am

Tues

22-
109335

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block
Emory Rd

12/25/2022
@ 6:11 pm

Sun

22-
109345

Destructive/damage/vandalism of property. Christmas Day @ 5:50pm, someone driving (from Emory Rd towards Springdale Rd) got out of his car and tried to open the door of a pick-up truck parked at the curb. The door was locked so the perp fired a bullet into the passenger window. No one was hurt. There were witnesses. There was a chaser car too. The police came.

1300 block
Cornell Rd

12/25/2022
@ 6:00 pm

Sun

22-
109278

Theft from motor vehicle

1000 block
Oxford Rd

12/25/2022
@ 7:00 am

Sun

22-
108826

Theft from motor vehicle

1100 block
Villa Dr

12/22/2022
@ 7:00 pm

Thurs

22
107894

Theft from motor vehicle

1300 block
Harvard Rd

12/20/2022
@ 12:25 pm

Tues

22-
107872

Theft from motor vehicle

1100 block
Springdale Rd

12/20/2022
@ 7:25 am

Tues

22-
107714

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block
University Dr

12/19/2022
@ 5:20 pm

Mon

22-
107332

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block
Emory Rd

12/18/2022
@ 7:00 pm

Sun

22-
106593

All other larceny. Temporary GA tag stolen off Nissan Rogue.

1000 block
Oakdale Rd

12/16/2022
@ 2:00 am

Fri

22-
106590

Theft from motor vehicle

600 block
Rock Springs Ct

12/15/2022
@ 8:30 pm

Thurs

22-
106150

All other larceny. Victim was at CVS, appearing to be intoxicated , charging his phone. As he left he noticed two EBT cards missing, but his wallet was in his pocket.

1500 block
N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

12/15/2022
@ 2:02 am

Thurs

22-
106103

Theft from motor vehicle

1100 block
Lullwater Rd

12/14/2022
@ 7:30 pm

Wed

22-
105889

All other larceny. Victim loaned her handgun to a friend and then the friend would not return it.

800 block
Rock Springs Ct

12/14/2022
@ 10:00 am

Wed

22-
105647

All other larceny. Landscaper had equipment stolen off  his truck while he was performing service.

400 block
Ridgecrest Rd

12/13/2022
@ 2:30 pm

Tues

22-
105746

Theft from motor vehicle

1700 block
Coventry Rd

12/12/2022
@ 8:30 pm

Mon

22-
105505

Theft from motor vehicle

1700 block
Dyson Dr

12/12/2022
@ 7:00 pm

Mon

22-
104894

Theft from motor vehicle

1700 block
Coventry Rd

12/11/2022
@ 3:00 am

Sun

22-
104910

Theft from motor vehicle

1300 block
Cornell Rd

12/11/2022
@ 1:07 am

Sun

22-
104899

Theft from motor vehicle

1800 block
Ridgewood Dr

12/10/2022
@ 11:00 pm

Sat

22-
104592

Destructive/damage/vandalism of property. Vehicle broken into on Ridgecrest Drive. Driver’s side window was busted.

500 block
Ridgecrest Rd

12/9/2022
@ 6:30 pm

Fri

23-
000709

Destructive/damage/vandalism of property.  Victim reported a small bullet hole in his front windshield, lodged bullet was found in car.

1200 block
N Decatur Rd

12/9/2022
@ 3:00 pm

Fri

22-
103232

Theft from motor vehicle

1700 block
Hummingbird Ln

12/5/2022
@ 6:00 pm

Mon

22-
103156

Destructive/damage/vandalism of property. Victim reported that the back passenger window in her car was smashed in while she was in class. Nothing was taken.

Springdale Rd &
Cornell Rd

12/5/2022
@ 10:00 am

Mon

22-
103140

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block
Emory Rd

12/5/2022
@ 10:00 am

Mon

22-
103082

Theft from motor vehicle

1200 block
Oakdale Rd

12/5/2022
@ 10:00 am

Mon

22-
102647

Theft from motor vehicle

1800 block
Dyson Dr

12/3/2022
@ 9:46 pm

Sat

22-
101874

Theft from motor vehicle

1100 block
Hancock Dr

12/1/2022
@ 1:00 pm

Thurs

in City of Atlanta : 6 crimes

22
3560582

Larceny from vehicle

827
Oakdale Rd

12/22/2022

Thurs

22
3520547

Larceny from vehicle

812
Lullwater Rd

12/19/2022

Mon

22
3440058

Larceny from vehicle

1634
Ponce De Leon Ave

12/10/2022

Sat

22
3430017

Larceny from vehicle

1655
S Ponce De Leon Ave

12/9/2022

Fri

22
3401859

Larceny from vehicle

8
Kings Walk

12/6/2022

Tues

22
3351810

Aggravated assault. Road rage incident during which the offender pointed a gun at another motorist. The offender has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

Ponce De Leon Ave
& Briarcliff Rd

12/1/2022

Thurs

Report compiled by: E. Meshnick
Sources: crimemapping.com, opendata.atlantapd.org, A. Fowler, A. Webster

Charts prepared by: G. Tapp


Neighborhood Watch

We believe that neighbors who know each other look out for each other, and that is our most effective method of deterring crime. With Neighborhood Watch, neighbors keep an eye out for one another.  To make this work we need street captains (and co-captains for the longer streets). To date, we have 45 street captains!

Street captain responsibilities:

  • Maintain a contact list for every house on the street and share it with everyone on the list. 
  • Forward monthly crime reports to your list.  (It will be sent to you by the Druid Hills Neighborhood Watch Leader, Ellen Meshnick.)
  • If a crime does occurs, the victim must call the police. Then either email your neighbors or tell the street captain, who will do so.

Note that you don’t have to belong to the Druid Hills Civic Association nor the Druid Hills Patrol. (However, we encourage you to join both.  If everyone joins the Patrol, it can extend its hours and its patrol area.)

Join the team! 

Public Safety Committee, Doug Rollins, publicsafety@druidhills.org

Neighborhood Watch Leader, Ellen Meshnick, neighborhoodwatch@druidhills.org

The mission of the Druid Hills Patrol is to make Druid Hills safer by employing off-duty police officers to patrol our community and supplement services provided by the police. It is a separate organization from the DHCA. It is a non-profit organization, funded by members and managed by volunteers. The DHCA encourages all neighbors to join. The more members, the more hours can be spent patrolling the neighborhood! Join the patrol today!


PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY











Don't leave anything in your car. Even things that might seem like they aren't of value, may be desirable to someone else! Believe it or not, loose change can be the reason for a broken window.

Please remember to retrieve packages from your doorstep as soon as they are delivered.

Coordinate package security with neighbors by exchanging contact information and agreeing to either move packages to a secure location or take them inside for each other.

Remove mail from your mailbox as soon as possible after delivery.

Report ALL thefts.

Be a good neighbor and keep an eye out for anything unusual.

SEEN DOWNED SIGNS/STREET LIGHTS OUT?

Report street light outages here.

Report downed signs in DeKalb County by emailing Sharon Neal.

PONCE CORRIDOR SAFETY

Ponce de Leon was designed as a part of the original Druid Hills plan by Frederick Law Olmsted to be a meandering, picturesque road showcasing the neighborhood. As Atlanta has grown (and so has the traffic!), it is a very dangerous corridor with frequent traffic accidents and incidents. It also has problems with flooding.

The GDOT has had several stakeholder input meetings as they try to address these issues while working within our neighborhood's historical landmark regulations. We maintain a special web page where we host updates about the "Ponce Corridor" here


FLOCK  Security Camera PILOT PROGRAM

FLOCK cameras were installed in Division 1 as part of a City of Atlanta grant beginning August 20, 2018. 
Read about the DHCA Pilot Program

Important update on FLOCK contract (November 2020):

The DHCA wants to ensure all residents are aware of the expiration of the grant used to cover the first two years of our FLOCK camera system.  Beginning in February of 2021, those living on Fairview, Lullwater, Oakdale and Springdale will need to pick up the contracting and payment process directly with FLOCK in order to maintain coverage. The current rate is $2,000 per camera/year or $4,000 to cover both ends of a street segment.  The organizers of private FLOCK contracts on Cornell and Oxford tell us that the annual cost per resident varies from $88-$120 per year depending on the number of homes. 

Read our analysis of FLOCK camera effectiveness.

DHCA SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAM

Sick and tired of our sidewalks?

Your DHCA is too!

And we want to do something about them!  The first step towards any remediation of our abysmal sidewalks is to understand the size and scope of the problem.We can do this and we desperately need your help. Thanks to COVID 19, we’re all spending a lot more time walking, running, skating and riding up and down our streets.  

Send me a quick email with a photo of the worst of the worst.  Take a picture, note the specific address of the sidewalk and the side of the street if possible. We believe that neighbors who know each other look out for each other, and that is our most effective method of deterring crime. To that end, we’re going to create an inventory of our sidewalks that we can use to inform fact-based discussions with stakeholders including DeKalb County.  

Send your sidewalk pics (with address) to publicsafety@druidhills.org. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors. #safewalk


CONTACT US

DRUID HILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 363, Decatur, GA 30031

mail@druidhills.org
druidhills.org

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