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How to Stay Safe on the Streets

Crime prevention tips in light of recent muggings around Midtown.

You could be feeling a little frightful in Midtown these days.

In recent months, there have been a number of pedestrian robberies in the community.

Just this past weekend, there were three reported incidents in Midtown. One neighborhood Friday night. The other two incidents happened around the Georgia Tech campus.

How can you prevent becoming a victim?

In an interview earlier this year, we got some tips from Lt. Brent Schierbaum, commander of Atlanta Police Department's Community Liaison Unit.

Check out the video to the right.

Marc Acampora December 13, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Frankly, I'm not going to even watch the video. We all have a certain level of responsibility for our own personal safety. But, for the most part that entails not being inattentive. It should not entail me not being able to sit on my front steps to read unless I have a gun. It should not entail not being able to listen to music while I walk. It should not entail not being able to walk, period. It should not require me locking my car doors while I pump gas. It should not include me being afraid to drive with my convertible top down or even my windows open. It should not include me being afraid to ride my bike. Is this the beginning of the end of the midtown lifestyle I moved here for? If so, I'm either gonna start shooting, or I'm leaving. Very bad.
Darin December 13, 2011 at 03:44 PM
"Is this the beginning of the end of the midtown lifestyle I moved here for?" That's my fear -- that pedestrian crimes like this will hinder the further development of a lively street scene in Midtown. It's been so encouraging in the past decade + seeing professionals and retirees of all types (singles, couples, families) move intown for the walkable lifestyle it affords. Intown needs to remain a draw for people seeking to avoid the unwalkable, car-dependent life of the sprawl-burbs. If crimes like these against pedestrians scare folks away from settling in Midtown, there's not much hope for furthering the progress that's been made in creating a livable, urban space.
Chris H December 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM
And here is the reality of why these thugs will never pay for their crime. Just disgusting. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/man-got-5-probations-over-jail/nFzf9/
Marc Acampora December 13, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Darin, its even worse. New folks wont come here. Some of the folks who are here will leave. Others will stay but just stop walking. Because of this it will be difficult to attract any businesses that rely on foot traffic, and the ones that are here will lose customers. I am appalled by the fact that, as a 190 pound fairly fit man, I was nervous to walk around my neighborhood yesterday at 3:00 in the afternoon. I don't know the solution, and I'm glad to hear police are stepping up their presence. But this needs to stop right now.

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