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Neighborhood asking for police help with tailgating problems

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Problems with tailgaters have a local neighborhood pleading with the city of Atlanta for help.

Residents in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood said they're fed up with all the problems including trash, noise and people urinating in parking lots.

Robin Gagnon is a part of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association. "When it comes to Falcons and Sundays and tailgating, it is a free-for-all," said Gagnon.

It's an environment Gagnon said just isn't safe. "You mix alcohol, flames and reckless behavior in a crowded parking lot, that's a recipe for disaster," said Gagnon.

It's a disaster neighbors fear the current staff level of police couldn't handle.

You layer in 80,000 people into a neighborhood on a game day and police presence is exactly the same as it is any other day of the week, that's insane. There has to be stepped up police presence," said Gagnon.

On top of that, she said the police who are there turn a blind eye.

"When are you going to start enforcing the codes? The codes are on the books. When are they going to be enforced?" asked Gagnon.

We had the same question for the Atlanta Police Department. They wouldn't go on camera with us, but Carlos Campos with APD did release this statement:

"The department has met with the community in Castleberry Hill and is working to address these issues. We have increased patrols in the neighborhood on game days and are enforcing parking, littering and quality-of-life issues that have a negative impact on the people who live and work in the community. We're committed to assisting the community and will continue to enforce these laws until the matter is resolved."

Residents said anything will help. "Maybe just a slight enforcement, a reminder or warning tickets. Just so that people are aware this is a residential community," said Gagnon.

Residents said it was better at Sunday's game because of a slight increase in police presence. It's something they hope continues in the future.

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