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Brookhaven police aim to cut crime by moving into apartment complex

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Leaders with the Brookhaven Police Department believe they will soon have an inside track on fighting crime in one of the highest crime-rate areas of the city, the Buford Highway corridor.

"The majority, almost all of the apartment complexes in Brookhaven, are along this highway," said Lt. Brandon Gurley.  He said the high concentration of people leads to repeated burglaries, robberies and auto break-ins.

Gurley said the police department has agreed with the MarquisTerrace Apartments on Buford Highway to create a new substation in one of the vacant apartments.

"We notice any time we have an increase of crime in a certain area, if we flood that area with police presence, crime drops," said Gurley. The apartment complex has agreed to lease the apartment as an office space for police for no charge, and to pay for the Brookhaven police signage that will hang on the side of the apartment, facing the highway.

There will also be a 911 call box right next to the front door of the apartment in case no officers are on site.

"Statistics show this is going to be a great success," said Gurley.

The new substation will open within a few weeks.

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