Recognizing and Reporting Suspicious Activity



One of the most important roles you have as a member of our community is to report suspicious activity.
How do you determine what is suspicious activity? A suspicious activity is when a person's conduct or action does not fit the normal day-to-day activity of our neighborhood- an occurrence that is out of place and should not be happening in our neighborhood.
REMEMBER- If you observe something unusual or think something looks ‘wrong’, report it. DON’T HESITATE TO CALL 911! FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT! You WILL NOT get in trouble with the police- and you WILL be doing a service to your community!
1. A person or vehicle stays in the same place for an unusual length of time.
2. A parked car with the engine running- regardless of a person inside or not.
3. A person behaves strangely or exhibits unusual movements, looks out of place, or iswandering aimlessly.
4. A person concealing an object, carrying a weapon or suspicious bag.
5. A person looking into cars, moving from car to car, and/or tries door handles.
6. A person looking into windows of homes, or forcibly entering a car or home.
7. A person running from a home for no apparent reason, especially at night.
8. A person carrying/transporting unusual/valuable objects, day or night.
9. A person sells/conducts business out of their car, van, truck, or other vehicle.
10. A vehicle drives around your block frequently, slowing down, speeding up.
11. A vehicle without lights on, arriving or leaving at night.
12. A person you don’t know offering candy or gifts to children.
13. A person leaving a neighbor’s house who isn’t the neighbor or someone you recognize oruniformed.
Many activities can be considered suspicious. And, there could be reasonable explanations for some suspicious activities. By thinking things through, being observant and using commonsense, you will be able to make a good judgment about whether an activity is suspicious. Your role as a concerned citizen is to report whatever you think is wrong or suspicious.
Call 911. Remain calm. Avoid taking any risks. Your safety is most important. Keep away from the crime scene to preserve evidence.
When you call to report a suspicious activity, you will be asked for your name, address, and telephone number. This information is requested to verify records or in case additional contact becomes necessary.
What happened?
Time and place?
Was anyone hurt?
Description of suspect(s)
Description of vehicle(s)
License plate number
Time and direction of travel
Additional details and circumstances
If it is suspicious to you, it's suspicious to the police. It is better to be safe than sorry.
In our neighborhood, the police don’t always know what is suspicious and what is not.
It is up to you, Morningside, to let the Atlanta Police know when you see suspicious activity!
Report it immediately!
Our neighbors are our best defense against crime! Refuse to be a victim!
Atlanta Clean Car Initiative
Morningside-Lenox Park enjoys relatively low crime rates. We are lucky. The most frequent crime is Auto Larceny. This is a preventable crime and it occurs only when laptops, purses, money, gym bags, GPS systems and other items of value are left in plain sight in our cars. It doesn’t matter if the car is parked on the road or in the driveway. The APD implemented a Clean Car Initiative and is urging the citizens of Atlanta to keep their cars cleaned out.
These type crimes affect our City tremendously and are likely to become worse, with our economy's current state. We have to be proactive in order to reduce this type of crime and it will require everyone's efforts. Simply, by removing all viewable items from your vehicle, prior to leaving your vehicle, you will reduce the odds of your vehicle being, illegally, entered by nearly 95%! Secondly, as part of the Clean Car Initiative, our parking lot owners, managers, and attendants must inquire, with their customers, were all valuables removed? Additionally, we have to remind our co-workers, clients, residents, family, and friends to remove ALL items.
Again, this is a very simple approach, but if we remove the supply the criminal element will view the area as no longer lucrative and will take their efforts elsewhere. Our citizens can now have a greater expectation of returning to their cars, without any damages or thefts. There is no ticket or anything else to place on your vehicle - as the suspect peers into your vehicle and sees nothing inside they are likely to move on to another area.
This allows us to lower crime, minimizes insurance rates, and affords the public safety entities to address and minimize other matters for the community. Eventually, we all can enjoy the quality-of- life that intown Atlanta was designed for, which will likely bring more conventions, businesses, and attractions to our area. Please, let us assess how beneficial this simple plan can work for us. And, unlike other initiatives and studies, this one is measurable immediately: we can assess how well we are doing, which parking lot, offices, and residents are participating, and who is not.