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Security Committee

 

Email: [email protected]
PBA Security Patrol: 404-242-3321

In the event of a crime:

Call 911 FIRST and then call the PBA Security Patrol telephone number: 404-242-3321.

If a PBA patrol officer is on duty, he or she will answer this number. If no one answers this number, do not leave a message as it will not be picked up.

If you are going out of town, notify the PBA Security Patrol at this number: 404-476-2460.

The PBA Security Committee’s primary function is to monitor and increase awareness of overall neighborhood security.

The primary functions of the PBA Security Committee are (1) to oversee the PBA Security Patrol; (2) to apprise our members of criminal activity in the neighborhood; (3) to educate our members about crime prevention and personal safety techniques; (4) to work with the Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 police officers on crime prevention in our neighborhood; and (5) to coordinate our neighborhood security efforts with those of nearby neighborhoods.

 

THE PBA SECURITY PATROL

For 2015, the PBA Security Patrol, headed by Sgt. Jeff Baxter, provides patrol coverage for six five-hour shifts Monday through Saturday, and a two-hour shift on Sunday. The timing of the patrols varies from day to day depending on criminal activity patterns and other factors. Sgt. Baxter is able to adjust the patrols quickly in response to criminal activity, neighborhood events and the like. We increase the frequency of patrols around Super Bowl weekend and during the Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day holidays. The Security Committee is in constant contact with Sgt. Baxter about the patrol schedule, and is authorized to add additional patrols if necessary.

 

VACATION HOME CHECKS

An additional service of the PBA Security Patrol is to provide daily checks of your home when you are out of town.  To let the patrol know that you are going to be out of town, call (404) 352-8947 and leave the requested information for the patrol (you will be prompted to give your name, address, dates away, contact number where you can be reached, whether anyone will be staying in your home, specific location where the officer can deposit your mail/newspapers.)  When you leave this information, the patrol will check your property by foot and remove any flyers from your door or mailbox, pull your trash/recycling bins behind your house, and collect your mail if you leave a deposit box behind your house that is easy to locate.  You may also leave information on this number about non-emergency security matters (i.e. “saw a suspicious person this morning walking down Peachtree Battle.”)

 

EDUCATION ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION AND PERSONAL SAFETY

We have remind our members to call 911 and the Security Patrol if they observe any suspicious activity. In addition, the Atlanta Police Department has launched a “See Something Say Something” campaign with the same theme. We are aware that the number of calls to our Security Patrol about suspicious activity has increased significantly.

 

CALLING 911: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

• When calling 911, DO NOT HANG UP, even if you call in error. We will call you back.

• If you hang up and re-dial your call goes to the back of the line.

• When your call comes in to the Center it automatically goes to the next available call taker. They do not have a switch, the connection is automatic.

• After 12 seconds on hold you will hear a recording not to hang up. AGAIN, STAY ON THE LINE AND DO NOT HANG UP.

• All 911 landline calls will show the billing address on the call takers screen. The call taker will ask for your address.

• Cell phone calls will only show the phone number.

• Cell phone calls transmit to the nearest cell tower

  • If the tower is on the border of a city or county your call may not hit the needed 911 Center
  • When the center receives the call and it’s not the correct center, your call will be transferred to the center you need. It’s a one button transfer so stay on the line.

• The call taker will ask for your phone number, address, name and nature of the emergency.

• Always try to REMAIN CALM and listen to the call taker. They are there to help.

• Even if the questions seem senseless, remember that the call taker is there to help.

• Stay on the line until the 911 call taker advises you they have all the information they need.

• After the completion of the call, it’s transferred to the dispatcher who assigns the call to an APD (police) or AFD (fire) unit ASAP.

• When to call 911 (calls are free from any phone)

  • When there is a life threatening emergency
  • When the potential for bodily harm or property loss exists
  • To report traffic accidents, traffic hazards or other traffic related problems
  • If there is a fire or explosion
  • Anytime you need help and are not sure whom to call

 

CRIME DEFINITIONS

Burglary is typically defined as the unlawful entry into almost any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit any crime inside (not just theft/larceny). No physical breaking and entering is required; the offender may simply trespass through an open door. Unlike robbery, which involves use of force or fear to obtain another person’s property, there is usually no victim present during a burglary.

For example, Dan enters Victor’s boathouse through an open window, intending to steal Victor’s boat. Finding the boat is gone, Dan returns home. Though he took nothing, Dan has committed burglary.

Robbery is theft through the use of physical force or fear against a victim. Where a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as “armed” or “aggravated.” Unlike burglary, the crime of robbery almost always requires the presence of a victim who suffers actual injury, or is threatened with harm.

Theft/Larceny is the wrongful taking of the personal goods of another with the intent to convert them to the taker’s own use.

Vandalism is the willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property.

 

WORKING WITH ZONE 2 SENIOR POLICE COMMAND

Members of the Security Committee attend regular meetings with the senior police officers of the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which is the police zone that covers our neighborhood. Through these meetings we learn about criminal activity and prevention measures in our neighborhoods, and provide feedback to the senior officers about our security concerns. In addition, we have had meetings with the Zone 2 Fulton County Asst. District Attorney, and Paul Howard, the Fulton County District Attorney, about Zone 2 security issues.

 

WORKING WITH ADJACENT NEIGHBORHOODS

Members of the Security Committee communicate regularly with our counterparts in adjacent neighborhoods, such as Peachtree Heights West, Memorial Park, Collier Hills, Wildwood and Brookwood Hills, about criminal activity and security measures.

 

SECURITY SIGNAGE

The Security Committee has installed Security Patrol signs at major entryways into our neighborhood.

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