Burglaries on sharp rise in north Fayette

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of burglaries that occurred in north Fayette during October.

“In the month of October, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has responded to several burglaries in the northern half of Fayette County. A total of 14 burglaries have been reported and are being investigated by sheriff’s detectives,” said Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the burglaries have been occurring during the daylight hours and mostly on weekdays when people are away at work.

“We’ve stepped up patrols in the area and have committed a significant portion of our agency to specialized patrols,” Babb said. “Homeowners are encouraged to be vigilant and look out for each other. If you see a vehicle that looks out of place or if you see any sort of suspicious activity, we want to know about it.”

Babb said that while unincorporated areas are currently experiencing a spike in burglaries, statistics for the first half of 2013 showed that burglaries had decreased significantly over the same time last year.

Confirmed burglaries for the first six months of 2012 totaled 81 while the same period this year tallied 62 burglaries, a decrease of approximately 25 percent.

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As a family that lives in the northern part of the county, this hits home. We have had our home broken into more than once. We try not to leave our home unattended anymore. We cannot move, the value of the property has gone down the toilet. We live in a very very nice home, too. We have taken care of it, kept up with maintenance and have a security system. That security system didn't stop them. Now, we have cameras, next I guess is razor wire?

We have friends who have been victims of the thugs at the Pavillion and at their homes in Northern FayCo. I might see a patrol vehicle once a day. Unless they are there 24/7, they cannot really stop this.

It's sickening that the northern part of the this county is not a whole lot different that Riverdale, thus the name "South Riverdale".

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Diverting the crime

Once the West Fayetteville Bypass is complete, perhaps the crime can spread out toward the central and west part of the county and not be so centralized to one part of the county.

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Perhaps once the bypass is completed, the citizens of FC will agree to pay a bit more for law enforcement.

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Davids mom wrote:

Perhaps once the bypass is completed, the citizens of FC will agree to pay a bit more for law enforcement.

I'd rather my money pay for more police than the stupid bypass. I'd even contribute to building a wall around the County at this point.

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This citizen has never had an issue paying more for law enforcement or protection/defense of any kind and any level.

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Most people I speak to feel the same. I hope we have the opportunity to increase the fine law enforcement agencies that serve our county.

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Don't make it worse!

I think Fayetteville has a great police force. I've found them to be responsive and polite. However, Fayetteville has invited crime by ignoring citizen's warnings with regard to attractive nuisances. Perhaps thinking before we build is a good idea. I believe Fayette citizens should let our city officials know that we're against the apartments that are being proposed for Grady Ave!!!! I attended Thursday's City Council meeting and Walt White was the only official that seemed to get it. The rest (including the Mayor) were frankly embarrassing. Instead of always blaming an understaffed police force (which the Mayor did), why not try to do what is obvious to prevent crime in the first place?

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GAGAL wrote:

I think Fayetteville has a great police force. I've found them to be responsive and polite. However, Fayetteville has invited crime by ignoring citizen's warnings with regard to attractive nuisances. Perhaps thinking before we build is a good idea. I believe Fayette citizens should let our city officials know that we're against the apartments that are being proposed for Grady Ave!!!! I attended Thursday's City Council meeting and Walt White was the only official that seemed to get it. The rest (including the Mayor) were frankly embarrassing. Instead of always blaming an understaffed police force (which the Mayor did), why not try to do what is obvious to prevent crime in the first place?

Building the Pavillion was the beginning of the death of this town.I don't want the apartments either because they won't be able to rent them for the price they say and they will eventually become low cost rentals.

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What some have stated as the obvious steps to prevent crime :

1. No low rent apartments (Are the apartments 'low rent'? ) I see the nuisance in the area of 'traffic' and poor planning.
2. No section 8 housing
3. No public transportation into the county
4. Continued police presence throughout the county
5. Alert and informed citizens

Please add to this list or share your concerns about the apartments as a nuisance attracting crime. Thanks!

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Davids mom:

The apartments are being advertised as "upscale" because they are charging more for them than other apartments in Fayetteville. I understand one-bedroom's would go for $1,047, two-bedroom's for $1,393 and three-bedroom at $1,510.

What happens if they can't rent them at the "upscale" price? If apartments start out on Grady Ave., they will spread to other neighborhoods in F'ville because a precedent will have been set. Of course, all developers promise these things as a place where "young professionals" or "seniors" can live. Again, that pre-supposes they'll rent. One only needs to check into the history of other cities around Atlanta to see what REALLY happens once apartments are allowed into the community. They are also saying that the apartments will revitalize downtown Fayetteville -- what? Last time I checked, there isn't much there!

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Thanks for the information. This certainly bears watching.

Pinewood Studios

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The studio announced on April 29, 2013 that its first film production facility in the United States would be located south of Atlanta, Georgia.[18]
The complex will include production offices and at least five soundstages. It will be located on 288 acres in Fayette County, Georgia.[18]
Pinewood Atlanta is a joint venture between the studio and River's Rock LLC, an independently managed trust of the Cathy family, founders of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain.[18] The first production set will begin in January 2014.[18]

The Cathy Family has an enviable investment and community service record based on good planning. We'll see.
I think the Fine Arts college will also have an impact on 'downtown' Fayetteville. The apartments will certainly bring the focus back to the 'historic 'Fayetteville'.

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Davids mom]Thanks for the information. This certainly bears watching.

<strong>Pinewood Studios</strong>

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The studio announced on April 29, 2013 that its first film production facility in the United States would be located south of Atlanta, Georgia.[18]
The complex will include production offices and at least five soundstages. It will be located on 288 acres in Fayette County, Georgia.[18]
Pinewood Atlanta is a joint venture between the studio and River's Rock LLC, an independently managed trust of the Cathy family, founders of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain.[18] The first production set will begin in January 2014.[18]

I don't see one bit how the FAC will bring in peeps who can afford high rent. Who goes to Fine Art colleges? Poor, artsy f*rtsy students who don't have any money. I vote no rentals, no section 8, no public transportation and stop building crap that won't get rented out. Anyone noticed how "fast" the Waterfall has filled up? We take out a tree for a water feature and what did we get? Just askin'....

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wait till you see the finished Hawaiian restaurant drive thru with the outside conveyor belt system to get your ordered food. I do believe it has been lei-d out already.

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The Pinewood Studio and it's employees will more than likely be the residents of the some of the apartments. An operation of this kind (Pinewood Studio) hires secretaries, plumbers, electricians, edit experts in film, scripts, cameramen, truck drivers, caterers, etc.) including the 'stars' who will probably come only when 'shooting' and reside in Atlanta. I don't think the visionaries had college students in mind when investing in this project. I respect your opinion - but don' t really see the connection between a Fine Arts College - and 'housing' for employees at Pinewood Studios. The college will probably do their own research and construct college/dorm housing for those students who may come from long distances to matriculate at the school located here in Fayette County. Some of the residents in the apartments may be employees at the college. I too feel that low-rent apartments and Section 8 will not be good for Fayette County - but I don't see Pinewood Studios and another college in the area as a deterrent to progress in Fayette County,

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Pinewood is already planning to build their own apartments and housing for their staff anyway.

In the meantime, which one of those Pinewood hires will be able to afford an apartment at those costs? Secretary? Caterer? Truck Driver? If they do, they will all need roommates and thus more traffic. The union plumbers and carpenters working out of town want safe and cheap housing so they can make money from their per diem. Otherwise, they might as well work closer to home.

Like many others, I prefer single family housing. I didn't move here wanting lots of apartments and gosh, one can buy a house at those costs.

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Good points. I'm unfamiliar with the going rental rates in this area. Question? Would Pinewood 'rent' some of those apartments for out of the area temporary personnel? Where are the apartments for Pinewood Studios to be located ? Who are those apartments being built for if not the Pinewood Studio employees? Are they accustomed to paying rents at that level? I agree with you, I didn't move to a suburb of Atlanta for apartment living - but rather a peaceful place to retire and enjoy my grandchildren. FC is a great place for young families to raise families. However, in a time of economic crisis, I've seen what young college students and a thriving possible tourist attraction can do to business communities in places like Senoia, Atlanta, Westwood, Pasadena, Ca., Culver City, Ca. Athens,Ga. etc. True, more traffic, etc., and definitely a need for more law enforcement - but on the whole, residential areas remained peaceful and serene. A suburb is not rural. As Atlanta grows and attracts more business, employees will look for suburbs with amenities - like PTC and Fayetteville. IMHO. Not everyone thinks Buckhead is chic!

See discussion - Grady Developer

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North Fayette County burglaries

I'm shocked!!!!!

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I detect a hint of sarcasm in

I detect a hint of sarcasm in that statement haha

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Really?

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Minimize your Risk

There are many preventative measures that can minimize your risk of being the next target. First, recruit your neighbors and form a Neighborhood Watch program. The police/sheriff departments are able to assist you. I believe they have representatives assigned to this matter. Nothing beats a neighbor looking out their kitchen window. Be aware of what it normal and routine and something that looks questionable.

Lock your doors and windows, even when home
Keep your garage door(s) close. If your garage has windows, hang some type of blind so folks cannot see if cars are gone
Don't give the bad guys the impression that you are not around. Bring in your trash cans, pick up your newspaper(s)
Trim bushes and shrubs near your home
Install some type of outside lighting
If you buy something big and expensive (TV/Electronics etc) do not put the box on the street for trash pick-up. Most homes are "cased" before the actual event. Don't advertise your ownership of tempting merchandise

These are just some ideas but should provide a fairly good start. If nothing else, if you adopt these practices and your neighbors do not, at least the burglars will stop at their homes first.

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google "inexpensive surveillance cameras"

It's the 21st Century, these things are really inexpensive and easy to install.

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Take a good defensive handgun training course and purchase a gun (in that order) if you haven't already. Get a concealed carry permit and carry your gun with you especially if you dare to venture into the cesspool of crime known as the pavillion. Once these no-good punks understand that we are not going to take being victims anymore and are sending them to the morgue instead of to prison, they may just get a clue.

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Ever killed anyone Mr. Garvin? You may be angry about the people stealing property, but I doubt you could sleep at night if you killed one of them for stealing property.

If you know you're likely to be attacked and put in bodily harm at the Pavilion, then avoid the Pavilion. That's rational and if Fayette County can't get a grip on the crime happening here.....move.

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PTC Observer - really?

Sounds like PTC Observer may be one of those folks stalking the Pavillion parking lot looking for easy prey.......

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Sounds like it's easy to talk about going around shooting people, but much more difficult to do and live with the consequences.

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No, but I would not hesitate if I felt that my life was threatened. I would sleep very well knowing that I protected my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You and your ilk would rather people like me move than stand our ground?
Nice. Let's just give the keys of the cities over to the thugs and call it a day. Would that make you happy?

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This article is solely concerning property crime. So, my comments stand.

As a gun owner, I believe deadly force should be used solely against deadly force.

So, we agree.

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Police presence has made a difference. Some store owners have trained 'undercover' security. We as customers need to continue to do our part, and continue to be alert - at the Pavilion, and shopping areas in PTC. The ABC in the Avenues and Pavilion continues to be packed after church!

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Indeed we do DM, but judging from the rise in violent crime, people will simply move. We need to get a handle on this and quickly..

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In this economy, we have added cameras to our security system; participate in our Neighborhood Watch program, and as neighbors, watch out for one another (collecting newspapers, mail, etc.) The Chinese Cafe is one of our favorite lunch spots for after church dining. The Fayetteville Police Dept. and the Fayetteville Mayor's office has been most responsive. I love it here - and would hate to move. A good sign - young families are moving into the neighborhood with young children. I hope this is happening in many other communities in Fayette County.