CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Contact Information: NeighborhoodWatch@cabbagetown.com
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.
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 Nextdoor.com 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
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
LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
Atlanta Police Department
More information at www.atlantapd.org
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
COPS-Community Oriented Policing Section
More information at Crime Prevention Brochures
Court Watch Fulton County
(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.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
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 http://www.cpted.net/. If you would like APD to come do a free CPTED assessment of your residence, email Officer Walters (with the COPS program) at
email@example.com or call the COPS program at 404.546.5650.
CLEAN CAR CAMPAIGN
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.