Crime summit in SW Atlanta draws concerned homeowners - CBS46 News

Crime summit in SW Atlanta draws concerned homeowners

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On Thursday night Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told a group of homeowners that crime is down. He may be stating the truth, but many Southwest Atlanta homeowners have their doubts.

"How do you count the crimes if somebody steals a van, breaks into the house, shoots your dog, and steals your stuff? Is that one crime or is that four crimes?" asked Brenda Taylor.

"If someone steals a vehicle, that is a crime. If they break in a car, a home, that is a second crime. So if he steals and breaks into that home, that will be two crimes that we will count," said Turner.

Dozens of homeowners packed the Cascade United Methodist Church to share their concerns about crime and grill City of Atlanta and Fulton County officials about plans to address their concerns. Many of the people who attended the summit complained about repeat offenders, a problem police said they are addressing.

"We have 20 officers who concentrate on repeat offenders. These are individuals who have been arrested multiple times and they continue to commit crimes in the community," said Turner.

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