ATLANTA - Atlanta Police want shoppers to feel safe and criminals unwelcome at Camp Creek Marketplace.
Atlanta Police Captain Rick Mason tells FOX 5 News, the department has increased patrols and taken other steps to combat crime at the busy shopping center after noticing an uptick in car break-ins here about six months ago.
"For the most part it's juveniles, two to four in a stolen vehicle," says Captain Mason, "They'll ride into a parking lot and they will fan out, and they will break into a car as quickly as they can and leave."
At any one time up to 7 APD officers are on patrol, including the department's beat unit, administrative personnel and community liaison officers. Some officers are patrolling in unmarked cars.
Captain Mason says, "We are coordinating efforts with Fulton County and East Point and we are literally flooding the area with additional resources to ensure our residents are safe."
Captain Mason admits its an ongoing battle but says the department has seen a considerable reduction in crime since stepping up patrols.