Cabbagetown Neighborhood Watch


Mission Statement

The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education of residents and businesses in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist in the safeguarding of the community, its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information, problem solving and addressing Cabbagetown’s security problems and concerns.

Values Statement

Our Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer based, community oriented program committed to being the extra eyes and ears for our community and APD, watching out for each other, and networking to build strong neighborhood bonds.

– We recognize and embrace the diversity of our community

– We pledge to work as partners with law abiding neighbors and the APD

– We depend on the community’s trust, confidence and support

– We have a positive attitude and will look to accomplishments rather than obstacles

Responding to Suspicious Activity or Crime in Progress

If You See Something, Say Something is an initiative to encourage everyone in Atlanta to report any suspicious behavior in their neighborhood. APD repeatedly stressed that we should not hesitate to call 911 if we see something that doesn’t seem right. When in doubt, error on the side of calling 911 and allowing the dispatcher to triage your call.

**After calling 911, please post a crime alert on and contact your block captain.

For more information on neighborhood watch programs, visit the National Sheriff’s Association Neighborhood Watch Program.


Nextdoor allows people to create a private website for their neighborhood. Neighbors can choose to see and respond to updates via email or directly on the website. The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Watch recommends Nextdoor as a way to facilitate communication between neighbors. Cabbagetown residents have already created a dedicated Nextdoor website that has over 200 households participating, so they can:

  Exchange information about crime and safety issues

  Find neighbors in the directory

  View a neighborhood map

  Publicize local events

  Share local recommendations (plumbers, auto mechanics, babysitters, etc.)

  Ask for advice

  Sell or give away household items

  More information at Cabbagetown Nextdoor.

Crime Prevention Tips

Protect Your Home

Make your home an unattractive target by:


  Keeping your home well lighted

  Locking your doors, windows, and gates

  Installing a security system

  Keeping valuables out of clear sight from outside the home

  Trimming bushes and clearing any obstructions which could be hiding places for thieves

  Being aware of suspicious activity

  Never opening your door to strangers

Protect Your Car

Make your car an unattractive target by:

Removing anything that might attract a thief, including:


  phones, laptops, tablets, GPS, MP3 players, and other electronics

  purses, briefcases, backpacks, luggage, and packages

  Any money, including coins

  Locking your windows and doors

  Parking in a well lighted area

Protect Yourself

Avoid being a target by:


  Being aware of your surroundings when walking or running

  Avoiding distractions – phone, text, music, etc.

  Keeping electronics concealed

  Traveling with a friend

Atlanta Police Department

More information at

More information at


APD encourages everyone to sign up for Smart911. This is a system that allows people to attach additional information to their phone number that can be accessed by 911 dispatchers. This can include things like medical conditions, whether you have pets, and other information to assist officers in responding to your residence quickly. This may be especially useful for folks who do not have a land line, as it allows you to attach your home address to your cell phone number. We were told that dispatch does not always have the ability to automatically determine your location via a cell phone signal.

More information at Smart 911

(OUT OF DATE INFO, check for upcoming training sessions)

CourtWatch is an initiative coordinated by the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney and gives us the opportunity to become involved in criminal cases that are important to Cabbagetown. It allows citizens to attend hearings of people accused of crimes in our area, and is a great way for Cabbagetown to have our voice heard in the criminal justice system, so please consider getting involved. There will be a Zone 5/6 CourtWatch training on Tuesday September 11 from 5:30 to 7:50pm at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility (515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, 30312). If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to Janet Martin at 404.699.5297 or

RSVP – Janet Martin.

More information at Fulton County Court Watch.

CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. APD will (for free!) come out to assess your home to determine whether there are things you can do to reduce the risk of being targeted. This includes recommendations for exterior lighting, trimming hedges, and making doors/windows more difficult to break in to. General information on CPTED is available at If you would like APD to come do a free CPTED assessment of your residence, email Officer Walters (with the COPS program) at or call the COPS program at 404.546.5650.

This campaign aims to reduce vehicle break-ins, which are up 24% in our area compared to last year. There are a few more details here, but the take home message is this: let’s not make Cabbagetown any more enticing for car break-ins. Always lock your car doors and windows, don’t leave any valuables out in plain sight (GPS, phones, computers, power cords, bags/purses, money, etc.), and stow valuables in your trunk before arriving at your destination.