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Increased police presence seen in Midtown

ATLANTA – Residents in Midtown are on alert for increased police presence after recent reports of crime in the area.

In heated town hall meeting Tuesday night, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised he’d deliver help. Residents said they’ve seen increases in burglaries, armed robberies and assaults both day and night.

Martin Kemp, a resident and business owner who started a Facebook page on the Midtown crime issue, said Wednesday he felt hopeful about things.

“We have seen stepped up patrols,” Kemp said. “Before we would see one or two patrol cars throughout the day; now we're seeing six, seven, eight -- plus the mounted patrols coming through.”

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Atlanta crime plan unveiled during heated town hall talk

ATLANTA -- Emotions ran high and hot at a crime meeting with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday night.

One man accused the mayor of talking politics when the bottom line is that people are afraid of getting killed in their own driveway.

Reed held the meeting to release a plan for reducing crime across every neighborhood in Atlanta. However. a recent surge of crime reported in Midtown has put a spotlight there.


Starting Wednesday, officers working desk jobs will pick up shifts on the street to increase visibility. Roll call will be done in public and stream online so officers will be seen by more people.

The city's holiday schedule that increases staffing will begin three weeks early on November 1.

Police release video and sketch in two Midtown carjackings

ATLANTA -- Police have new information that may help them identify three suspects who have created panic in a Midtown neighborhood. They are wanted for two armed carjackings.

The two crimes were the subject of neighborhood meeting in Midtown that was attended by Mayor Kasim Reed. After the meeting Crime Stoppers Atlanta offered a $25,000 reward. But now police have faces to put with the suspects.

Rainbow crosswalks in place... for now


ATLANTA -- Crews worked through the night to paint rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of 10th and Piedmont in time for Atlanta Pride weekend. But, the colorful display of Atlanta pride is only temporary. 

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Atlanta mayor, city promise more patrols, big reward to solve Midtown crime

ATLANTA -- A day after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and police made big promises to crack down on crime in Midtown, he's also made good on his promise to offer a $25,000 reward for information about a weekend shooting.

Midtown demands action from mayor, officials amid recent crimes

ATLANTA -- They had already dealt with the car break-ins and sidewalk attacks but for an Atlanta community, a mother being held at gunpoint was the final straw.