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Roswell cracks down on crime


New laws keep criminals locally


February 26, 2014
ROSWELL, Ga. Roswell and its police department are trying a new approach to cut down on Crime.

One could call it working smarter rather than harder.

One of the city's trouble spots has been near the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Road and Old Dogwood Road, near the businesses of the Atlanta Hotel and the Studio Six motel. Crime has become so rampant at this intersection not far from Ga. 400's Roswell exit that police have extra patrols scouting that area looking for trouble and drug activity.

Just this past week, a man was shot in the area. The shooter is still at large.

In an effort to clamp down on the crime elements in the city, Roswell has decided to strengthen some laws specifically those dealing with loitering, panhandling and pimping.

"The city is trying to clean up that area," said Lisa Holland, with the Roswell Police Department. "You go down there any given day and there are people standing around doing nothing."

So the city has come up with 10 ordinances to keep an eye on the crime.

New laws on vandalism, drug use or selling, prostitution and obstruction have been drafted and are under consideration by the city.

The idea, Holland said, is to keep the criminals from going to downtown Atlanta to court and instead deal with the crime in the city.

When a petty crime is committed, the criminals are arrested in Roswell and then transported to Atlanta to jail or court. For the court date, the arresting officer has to attend.

"Our officers work 12 hour shifts. So driving all the way downtown to sit around and wait there, they could be there all day," Holland said.

And an officer downtown is an officer not on patrol on the streets. If the officer is going downtown outside of his normal working hours, that full day could count as overtime pay.

Instead, using the new laws, Roswell can prosecute the crimes under local ordinances and hold the criminals up to six months in its own jail. Since Roswell contracts jail services with Pelham, Ga., that means those criminals will end up serving their time in Pelham, four hours away.

"Hopefully this will cut down on reoccurring crime by the same people," Holland said. "We can keep an eye on these criminals committing the same offences over again. Eventually, they will move on or stop committing crimes."

Roswell is changing these laws to strengthen its crime fighting efforts:

Disorderly conduct

Vandalism

Panhandling

Loitering

Prostitution

Public intoxication

Hindrance of a police officer

False representations to police

Loitering for the purpose of using, possessing or selling any controlled substances

Petty trespass

Revue and News 02-26-14

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    Crime
    February 27, 2014 | 06:59 AM

    North Fulton is changing quickly and if officials and law enforcement does not get a handle on crime soon the area will be just like South Fulton, Dekalb and Clayton counties. We move to the area to get away from this. The criminals destroy an area and move onto the next.

    Concerned Resident
    Johns Creek
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    Crime in and Around Alpharetta
    February 27, 2014 | 06:52 PM

    There are some real concerns here. The poster above is correct about how quickly things are changing. There are a few apartment complexes/condo areas that seem to serve as a safe place for cars and people who are not residents based on license plates, etc. In looking for automobiles involved in crimes I would recommend the police check the lots if they don't flee on the 400. It's a shame what is going on. I support these new laws and the officers that enforce them. Thanks.

    Resident
    Alpharetta
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    Roswell cracks down on crime
    February 27, 2014 | 08:51 PM

    I sure home this works, the Roswell Police Department should be credited with coming up with some good ideas to be more effective and save money. If it doesn't they should get high marks for trying.

    We live near Holcomb Bridge on the East side of 400. Someone(s) vandalized several neighbor's fences and yards last summer. One homeowner was out after 10 PM power washing his fence. We take pride in our homes and it takes a hit when people mess with people's property.

    I'm all for what the police are doing. Good job!

    Robert Barnard
    Roswell
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