Town Hall Meetings
Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District want to keep you informed about all things Downtown. Held at various Downtown venues and hotels, all are invited to attend these informal, public events that are intended to keep the community "in the know," especially if you are a stakeholder, resident, employee and/or employer involved in the city center.
You can expect the agenda to be lively, comprehensive and efficient, featuring a broad range of topics from public safety to public spaces, what's entertaining and where it's happening. We start meetings with coffee and networking at 7:30 a.m., hold the program at 8:00 a.m. and end by 9:00 a.m.
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Past 2018 Meetings
July 26, 2018
The Masquerade - Heaven
Downtown continues to be one of the safest places in Atlanta. However, crime is up from this time last year. The highest crime type in the ADID area is Larceny From Vehicles (i.e. car break-ins) totaling 489 for the first 6-months of the year, comprising 50% of the crime in the ADID Downtown. This is up 38% from the same period last year. Still, there is very little stranger-on-stranger crime in Downtown.
We continue to stress the Clean Car Campaign, with approximately 80% of the victims being from out of town or here attending an event, leaving items visible in their vehicles. APD has made much headway on this by using directed patrols for crime suppression. Zone 5 make significantly more arrests (approximately 30% more) than the other zones in APD, comprising 25% of the City’s arrests. Like all departments, APD is at reduced strength, impacting officer visibility. However, the public safety agencies Downtown have pulled together, forming joint patrols and overlapping jurisdictions to maximize their resources.
Most of Downtown’s safety concerns are related to nuisance and quality of life offenses, which are more perception related than actual crime. Enforcing Illegal Monetary Solicitation remains a high priority for the APD and the Ambassador Force, as reflected in the attached charts. There is an additional slide attached that was not presented at the Town Hall that reflects historical crime data for comparison from previous years. Additionally, Downtown and the ADID is challenged with significant increase in convention and special event activities, to include the addition of the Major League Soccer events.
As the police continue to make arrests, it is important that we focus on the prosecution of the repeat offenders and violent offenders. Otherwise, the perpetrators are back on the street, continuing to commit the same crimes, impacting everyone’s safety and quality of life. The Atlanta Police and other agencies urge the public to get involved in prosecution through the courts; participate in court watch; and show up to testify at trial to testify, demonstrating your concern for rectifying a criminal problem.
January 25, 2018
Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University
Past 2017 Meetings
January 26, 2017
Auditorium at Georgia State University Student Center East
July 27, 2017
American Cancer Society Center Theater