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Safety & Security in Druid Hills

Dear Druid Hills Neighbors,

Since early March of this year, our neighborhood has been plagued by thieves who are breaking into cars and stealing property left inside by owners. As this serious problem persisted through the summer, the Druid Hills Civic Association worked from various angles to draw attention to our concerns and expectations of safety and security.

We have contacted DeKalb County Police leadership to request increased police presence. Subsequently, DeKalb police officials Major Voss and Lieutenant Merrifield attended our August board meeting and informed us of the status of their investigation and effort to apprehend the perpetrators. As representatives of our community, DeKalb County Commissioners Kathie Gannon and Jeff Rader have supported our initiatives in solving the problem. As always, we are working with the Druid Hills Patrol.

Recently, I appointed a Public Safety Committee whose task is to gather information about crime in Druid Hills and devise long-term strategies to combat the problem. The committee is strongly considering the reinstatement of a Neighborhood Watch program amongst other actions.

While we are impatient and frustrated as the crime continues, the Druid Hills Civic Association has made the issue a top priority. If you have ideas or information, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Boone at

Best wishes,

Cathy Vandenberg

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