SW Atlanta neighborhoods see crime increase for in December

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:


ATLANTA - People in two southwest Atlanta neighborhoods are concerned after an increase in burglaries.

Police said for the year, crime was down in the Capitol View and Sylvan Hills neighborhoods, but neighbors saw a spike toward the end of the year.

Since December, there have been 43 home burglaries in just the two neighborhoods.

Thomas Barnwell and his girlfriend, Laura Hennighausen, told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri someone kicked the door in at their home on Erin Avenue.

"We got this repaired this morning, but this was all basically ripped out," Barnwell said, showing Viteri the damage to his door frame.

He said whoever broke in took out the bulbs in the motion sensor lights on his front porch to enter unnoticed.

Hennigan said she was nervous her three cats and dogs would run out, but said they were hiding inside.

She said thieves took the couple's flat screen television, music equipment, guitar and a camera.

"We're installing cameras. We've got a whole new alarm system. Trying to beef up whatever we can," Hennighausen said.

Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd represents the Capitol View and Sylvan Hills neighborhoods, and told Viteri she spoke with Mayor Kasim Reed about the problems.

She's planning a meeting later in the month to discuss ways to stop the problem.

"It's time for us to send a message to the folks who are breaking into our communities. It's that enough is enough and that we will be after them. We're going after them," Sheperd said.

She also said the city was looking at special operations in the neighborhoods over the next two to three months.