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Police to Virginia-Highland Bar Patrons: Be Mindful Where You Park

Zone six Commander Keith Meadows talks safety in the neighborhood

, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6, sat down with Patch this week to discuss concerns in the different neighborhoods and various initiatives he's undertaken to address them.

VaHi Patch will run a series of video interviews over the course of several days.

In part one, Meadows talks about the recent uptick in car break-ins in Virginia-Highland and how people in the neighborhood can avoid becoming a victim.

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Lynn April 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
So don't park and walk...pay $6 or more to park in a lot...to make it "easier" for zone 6 to patrol?
Keith Meadows April 16, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Hello Lynn Parking you're vehicle In a lot with an attendant would reduce your chances of becoming a victim. We expect our officers to aggressively patrol their respective service areas, we are simply looking for ways to work in partnership with our communities. I believe if we all work together we can tackle the increase in car break-ins. Thanks Major Keith Meadows
Lynn April 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Thanks for your response. I park at my home in VaHi as do my guests and friends when we visit places in the neighborhood. That's my concern--that the lots are viewed as the safe place and residents' streets and cars are not patrolled as aggressively. I appreciate the reassurance that that won't change!
Keith Meadows April 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Keith Meadows 1:45 pm on Monday, April 16, 2012 You are right Lynn we are noticing an increase in break-ins on the residential streets. We are starting to move our discretionary units into those areas that we feel are most vulnerable. It's no easy task but I'm optimistic about the strategies we are putting in place. Lynn if you have any suggestions about various locations you feel are most vulnerable please email me at kmeadows@atlantaga.gov Thanks for your support Major Keith Meadows

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