Private patrols have new app to fight neighborhood crime

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Neighbors are fighting back against an increase in crime in one DeKalb County neighborhood.

Channel 2's Rachel Stockman learned about the private patrols and the new technology that neighbors are using to help fight off criminals.

Neighbors who sign up sign up patrols can download an app that allows officers to take pictures of their property and document if anything is wrong.

Manned by DeKalb County and Atlanta police off-duty officers, Druid Hills patrol keep a close watch, but their hours are limited and neighbors say crime is increasing.

"Noticed the door was open in the pool house and we had a flat screen television that was ripped out of the wall," said neighbor Jane Marmot.

David Martin is the president of Druid Hills patrol and said crime is on the increase,

"There has been an uptick in property crime. Cars have been broken into, houses being broken into," Martin said.

That's why he is pushing to increase the hours and expand the patrol to an area of a thousand more homes in the Druid Hills area.

"They have arrest powers. They are in constant communication with the DeKalb County 911 center," Martin said.

The officers are now utilizing an iPhone app to take pictures and keep track of residents' home who are away or on vacation.

"If they know a police officer is going to drive by in the next five or 10 minutes, they may be more reluctant to try and break into a house," Martin said.

The cost for neighbors is $25 a month and many neighbors said they think it worth it.



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