DeKalb Co. neighborhood considers cityhood in wake of crime wave

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Neighbors in DeKalb County said they want more of a police presence after a string of home and car break-ins.

Jarrod Carlson is repairing the doors burglars forced their way into his home on Regency Drive in Tucker.

Carlson told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri the thieves took more than $10,000 worth of TVs, iPads and jewelry.

Neighbors said there have been 23 burglaries in the past six months within a one mile radius of their community.

"I'm finding out neighbors got hit. A next door neighbor got hit a couple months ago, another neighbor got hit down the street the same day," Carlson said.

Some neighbors are in support of forming their own city of Lakeside.

"I was undecided until this week. But I think I'm pretty much in favor of it now," added Carlson.

Neighbor Deonna Henry also said she's in favor of cityhood, hoping a dedicated police force would cut down on crime.

She said she doesn't take any chances with her safety or her daughter's when they're home alone during the day, particularly since that's when many burglars hit.

"I have a gun in my pocket when I'm at home. Because I work at home," Henry explained.

DeKalb police said since August, officers working the area have made 15 burglary arrests, linking those suspects to 45 cases with active warrants for more suspects.

They also said they have reorganized things within each precinct so the commander has more knowledge of investigations into property crimes in the community.