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Crime is down in Midtown a year after violent wave of crime

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A year after a wave of violence hit Midtown, crime is down.

A rash of house and car break-ins, carjackings and robberies victimized dozens of people late last year.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed apologized to the community and Atlanta Police did a restructuring of resources to address the issue.

Zone 5 commander, Major Scott Kreher called the increase a huge spike, but said crime has been reduced 25 percent in Midtown compared to this time last year.

“We created a power shift to work where the criminal activity was prevalent,” said Kreher.

He said putting officers on bikes, Segways and on foot have helped control the crime in the area. 

“Things have really changed we’ve come a long way,” said Midtown resident, Beth Cullen.

Neighbors told CBS46 prostitution is still a problem.

Police tell us an outreach team will be hitting the streets in the coming weeks to help sex workers get jobs and leave the streets.

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