SERVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF DRUID HILLS

A COMMUNITY NESTLED IN THE HEART OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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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.

GDOT PROPOSED CHANGES FOR PONCE

Roundabouts in our future?

December 3, 2021

The DHCA has been lobbying for reductions in vehicular speed on Ponce de Leon to improve overall safety. The Public Safety Committee has been following conceptual changes being considered for Ponce de Leon at key intersections as it meanders through Druid Hills. 

At a recent meeting, GDOT shared several options which include potential changes to the intersections at East Lake Rd, Ponce de Leon Manor and at the Ponce /Scott Blvd split.  They are also shared improvements under consideration at Ponce and Ridgecrest.

See the GDOT presentation.

STREET RE-PAVING IN DRUID HILLS

DHCA Has Learned That Most Streets Make Re-paving list

November 4, 2021

Many of us have been frustrated by the slow pace of waterline replacement over the past 18 months and have expressed concern about whether and when the streets will be properly repaved.  Your DHCA has learned that while the vast majority of impacted streets will be repaved, there are a few that did not make the list.  As we understand, streets are being repaved using SPLOST funding and there was enough funding to cover the first 300 miles of streets in disrepair. 

We have sent this formal communication to the DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and our Commissioner Jeff Rader requesting that all streets impacted by waterline replacement be re-paved and we implore you to do the same. 

The above streets have not been slated for re-paving within the current SPLOST funding.


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.

MONTHLY CRIME REPORT

Druid Hills Crime Report : November 2021 : 22 total crimes

In DeKalb County : 22 crimes

Case #

Type of Crime

Address

Date

Day

Comm’l
or
resident’l
complex

21-
097477

Vandalism of property. Overnight 11/28/2021—11/29/2021, numerous cars were heavily keyed (scratched all over) at the Rock Springs Village Complex. This vehicle and the one below were the only two reported.

1400 block
Rock Springs Cir

11/28/2021
@ 10:00 pm

Sun

21-
097471

Vandalism of property. Same as above.

1400 block
Rock Springs Cir

11/28/2021
@ 3:00 pm

Sun

21-
097057

Shoplifting. Customer at Kroger on Briarcliff observed a male suspect fill shopping cart with laundry detergent and other items and exit the store without paying. He called the PD.

1700 block

Briarcliff Rd

(Sage Hill Shopping Center)

11/27/2021
@ 5:10 pm

Sat

21-
096893

Theft from motor vehicle

1800 block

Ridgewood Dr

11/26/2021
@ 10:30 am

Fri

21-
096568

Theft from motor vehicle

1400 block
Emory Rd

11/25/2021
@ 1:10 pm

Thurs

21-
096188

Vandalism of property. Victim called in that he noticed the rear window on his Highlander had been broken.

1000 block

Oxford Rd

11/23/2021
@ 10:00 pm

Tues

21-
096125

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/23/2021
@ 5:30 pm

Tues

21-
095910

Theft from motor vehicle

1200 block

Briarcliff Rd

11/22/2021
@ 11:00 pm

Mon

21-
095912

Theft from motor vehicle

1300 block
Emory Rd

11/22/2021
@ 5:30 pm

Mon

21-
095342

Simple assault. Victim advised that while walking to his apartment complex, he was followed and when he opened the main door to the complex, he was pepper sprayed by the person following him.

1300 block

Briarwood Dr

11/21/2021
@ 4:39 am

Sun

21-
094898

Arson. Fire started along fence line of two properties that run together near the high school.

2000 block

Edinburgh Ter

11/19/2021
@ 3:24 pm

Fri

21-
096667

Theft from motor vehicle

1200 block

Briardale Ln

11/19/2021
@ 8:00 am

Fri

21-
093145

Forcible rape. Victim and suspect are patients at Laurel Heights Hospital.

900 block

Briarcliff Rd

11/13/2021
@ 8:00 pm

Sat

21-
092887

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/12/2021
@ 4:20 pm

Fri

21-
091846

Motor vehicle theft. Victim left her vehicle unlocked with keys in it. She and passenger left their purses in car and walked to the other side of the park to take photos. While they were gone, the car was stolen.

1800 block

S Ponce de Leon Ave

11/9/2021
@ 4:05 pm

Tues

21-
091593

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/8/2021
@ 8:00 pm

Mon

21-
091180

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/7/2021
@11:30 am

Sun

21-
091225

Theft from motor vehicle

700 block

Clifton Rd

11/7/2021
@ 11:00 am

Sun

21-
090764

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/5/2021
@ 6:00 pm

Fri

21-
090306

Simple assault. Domestic dispute between father and son.

100 block

Rock Springs Ct

11/4/2021
@ 11:19 am

Thurs

21-
089529

Theft from motor vehicle

1500 block

N Decatur Rd

(Emory Village)

11/1/2021
@ 3:00 pm

Mon

21-
089329

Larceny. Victim stated that while doing lawn work, someone broke the chain and lock on his Dodge Ram truck and took two Stihl trimmers and two Stihl weedeaters from the rear of the truck.

1400 block

Markan Dr

11/1/2021
@ 10:00 am

Mon

In City of Atlanta : 0 crime

Report compiled by E. Meshnick

sources: crimemapping.com, opendata.atlantapd.org, A. Fowler, J. Tillman

Graphs prepared by G. Tapp

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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