Imagine a mother or grandmother makes a trip down to her corner grocer for a few items. As this family matriarch loads her bags into the car, imagine a man coming up and violently snatching the lady's purse from her before making a quick getaway.
It's difficult to imagine, is it not?
For 69-year-old Joyce George, this is no imaginary story. This is real.
WSB-TV reported, 9 January 2015, Joyce George was a victim of a snatch and grab crime at the Kroger on Old National Highway in unincorporated south Fulton County.
Unfortunately for Joyce George and other south Fulton residents, violent crime is not the exception. It is the new normal on one of the major thoroughfares in south Fulton County, Old National Highway.
Data sent to CrimeReports.com by Fulton County police paints a picture of crime running rampant.
Within the last fourteen days, the area where Joyce George was robbed --the intersection of Old National Highway and Flat Shoals Road-- saw sixteen thefts, a stolen car, counterfeiting, and an assault with a deadly weapon.
Fulton County police recently announced the opening of a new 24-hour precinct on Old National to help bring peace of mind to an area many residents feel is under siege by criminals [11Alive Staff (29 December 2014). New precinct aims to cut crime in south Fulton Co.. WXIA-TV. Retrieved on 9 January 2015.].