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Crime on the rise in Buckhead

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Following two shootings in May and two home invasions this year, the Buckhead Coalition is taking matters into its own hands.

Sam Massell, the president of the coalition, is hoping surveillance cameras in at least two Buckhead neighborhoods will curb the recent crime.

While he's pushing for those cameras to be monitored by the Atlanta Police Department, he's also inviting APD officers to live in the community, offering them $3,000 a year.

"...because when the uniform is seen, whether it's going to the grocery store or a movie, it helps deter the criminal," said Massell.

Last Monday night, there was a home invasion on Paces Ridge Road, where a father was forced to withdraw money from an ATM. Massell says there was a similar incident in January.

On top of the residential crime, there's commercial. There was a shooting in the Lenox Square Mall parking lot, outside of Macy's Sunday.

Gunfire erupted in heart of Buckhead earlier in May when an off-duty officer tried to stop two men accused of breaking into cars. Back in September, more shots were fired in the same shopping center.

However, shopper J.K. Johnson says he sees plenty of men in uniform when he visits the mall.

"At least two to three officers," Johnson said, "which is enough to make me feel like they're there."

CBS46 tried to contact the management company of Lenox Square Mall, asking what's being done to keep customers safe. We never heard back.

The Buckhead Coalition is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of the two home invasions.

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