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Rash of Auto Thefts Reported in Medlock

Six car break-ins and a burglary have been reported in the community between Aug. 25 and Aug. 31.

A recent rash of car break-ins in the Medlock area has spooked residents, according to the Clairmont Heights Civic Association.

From a post on the association's site:

AUG 31st

Neighbor on Fox Hills: There were multiple car break ins on Fox Hills Drive and Harrington on Thursday night/Friday morning.  According to the police officer who took the report, several of them, were locked and had security systems.  It appears the thieves must have some sort of device to circumvent car security systems.  Out of my car they took they took some change, 2 GPS devices and chargers.  There was nothing else of value in the car but they ransacked the trunk as well.

Neighbor on Medlock: They ransacked my car even left my light on, back door open, an every console left opened, but I don't have any valuables in my car. So luckily nothing of value was taken. Happened between 230-7 am.

Facebook post: Car break ins at the 2700 block of Harrington. We called the police and filed our reports. Facebook post:  There was another break in yesterday morning 3 doors down from us at 2318 Hunting Valley.  3 girl grad students had the rental broken into and their bedrooms trashed . They are missing all electronics. This is the 3rd break-in in the Hunting Valley area within the past 2 months.

Three other car break-ins and a burglary were also reported in the community between Aug. 25 and Aug. 27.

Check out the association post for more information.

N.G. September 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
This neighborhood unfortunately gets a lot of crap that comes through that end from Lawrenceville Highway. One look at the clientele at the QT adjacent to the neighborhood and you know where the thugs are coming from. They should all gird their loins for more crap cutting through and becoming familiar with their 'hood once the super Walmart comes in. Walmart brings thugs, Walmart brings crime, and Medlock Park will suffer because of it while Scott Selig protects himself from the thugs in tony Buckhead. We need to give the thugs Scott Selig's address!!!!
Jonathan Cribbs September 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
That's not fair, N.G. If you look at the crime statistics, car thefts and car break-ins are fairly commonplace all over this community no matter the distance from a QT or Walmart. It's the price you pay living close to an urban area. Same goes for Toco Hill, Oak Grove, etc.
N.G. September 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
J-- you think Medlock Park is an urban area? Really? I suppose everything is relative, so I guess you are comparing Medlock to Roswell and Alpharetta and Snellville. I grew up in Manhattan, a real city, and under David Dinkins everyone had your attitude. It's a big city and crime is inevitable. And then we voted in Giuliani and Manhattan became 100% safer b/c he made crime a priority. I thought NYC was an anachronism before he came along. I think my post is fair and I disagree with you about crime being commonplace everywhere. The city of Decatur has lower crime rates than all surrounding neighborhoods because they have built an infrastructure of smart growth which somewhat isolates them, and their police department is top notch. So, maybe I can agree that crime is "commonplace" in urban areas, and not-so-urban areas, but I think you have to get more granular in your analysis and look at the percentages in denser areas compared to less dense areas. And I firmly stand by my assertion that the QT attracts crime. I have a dear friend who lives over there and she said that everyone on that side of Medlock gets hot harder than the other streets because of the easy ingress and agrees to the neighborhood from Harrington and Hunting Valley. And, yes, her house was broken into, and yes, they caught the guy and they had him on video at the QT an hour beforehand. And, before you chide me, I know that is anecdotal, but it is close to me and I take it to heart.
Jonathan Cribbs September 05, 2012 at 09:19 PM
You misunderstood me. Medlock is suburban. I meant that's the price you pay for living close to urban Atlanta. And, yes, the city of Decatur is different, but I think quite a lot of that has to do with the police force there and, yes, its relative insularity. My point was that you might be observing things (such as ingresses and access and things like that) that you think are contributing factors to the crime in your area (including, apparently, a Walmart Supercenter) but if you look at the way crime charts out across the area, a different setup wouldn't necessarily save you from those crimes. Neighborhoods all over the larger North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area – including those with pricier property values than Medlock – are routinely subject to auto break-ins and burglaries.
Jonathan Cribbs September 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I mean, not to be flippant, but re-read your first post. You make it sound like Medlock is going to turn into "Assault on Precinct 13" because a Walmart is coming to a shopping center that already exists.
Ms. September 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I run at night in the Medlock Park neighborhood, and use that QT a fair amount, and as a female aware of her surroundings, I feel safe in both. Are you actually familiar with the neighborhoods, or just afraid of the QT/Walmart based on some things you heard? Btw, there's no shortage of car thefts and break-ins in COD.
Tom September 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
That's BS Jonathan - political correctness at its worst...Crime is coming from the black community. They slide in from Scottsdale. TELL THE TRUTH FOR A CHANGE...
Jonathan Cribbs September 05, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Wow, Tom. Yikes.
Tom September 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Political corretness at its WORST... Let's face it Decatur citizens...the crime wave is coming from Scottsdale and Memorial Dr. Jonathan, do you honestly believe that people from Druid Hills are breaking into cars at Medlock???
Lucas Roberts September 06, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hot topic... Tom, what can be done about it? Would you be for a higher taxes for more cops? I just moved to this area from Stone Mountain. We traveled Memorial Drive a lot coming from the city - we alway wondered what could be done. Like to hear what people think can be done to change certain trends? We also have been robbed. Its an awful awful feeling. I wish it on no one.
Tom September 06, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Lucas, I am truly sorry you have been robbed. I am a life-long resident of Dekalb Co. and have been robbed three times at gun point. All young black males holding the gun. You are very correct trying to find a solution to this problem. I personally do not have an answer other than moving away. The leadership in Dekalb Co is extremely corrupt. Political leadership in Dekalb Co has a terrible history.Check it out. God bless you and your family.
Jonathan Cribbs September 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Tom, I'm saying that it doesn't matter where they're coming from. Wherever they're coming from, everyone in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area is getting hit by car thieves and burglars. Assuming you're right, it doesn't really matter that the east side of Medlock is getting hit by theoretical thieves from Scottdale. The people in west Medlock are also getting hit. So are the people in Oak Grove. So are the people west of Toco Hill.
Joanne September 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Jonathan-- are you an expert on crime trends or are you now editorializing in addition to reporting the news?
Joanne September 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Jonathan- When people start to say "crime is the price you pay . . . " for anything, that is when decent, law-abiding people have truly given up. I live in Decatur and I refuse to accept that crime is the pay you pay for anything. I, instead, choose to hold my police department to a high standard and demand that they do more than sit on Scott Blvd. looking for speeders. And as far as your retort that Walmart will be an assault on the neighboring precinct, all my friends who live near the Howell Mill Walmart say that crime at that Walmart is the BULK of their precinct's crime report. You seem not to buy into the proven statistical fact that Walmart's bring crime, and all those fighting the Walmart at Suburban Plaza should take note that you have made these public comments and that you are not 100% impartial. I also believe there must be some policy against you making such comments at the Patch management level. And I completely don;t understand your comment about an already existing shopping plaza. Are you really comparing the crime that a half-empty shopping plaza currently attracts to what a Walmart supercenter will bring?
Jonathan Cribbs September 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I'm just restating what's plainly clear when you look at DeKalb PD's crime map on a daily basis over three or four years, which I have done.
Grand Poobah November 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I think Tom should shut up and move away. Thank-you.

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