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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.”

On Wednesday, 35 additional officers from three different tactical units fanned out after a public roll call in Piedmont Park. Atlanta Police Maj. Paul Guerrucci said that every zone was still staffed with normal personnel and the beefed up patrols came from "discretionary units."


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