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23 June 2015

Commercial Property Owners Around Atlanta Airport Unveil New Plan to Fight Crime & Make Area Safe

Commercial property owners surrounding the world’s busiest airport are combining resources to increase safety and prevent criminal activity.

Leaders of the Airport West Community Improvement District (AWCID) and area law enforcement agencies today outlined a community-focused initiative to enhance security.

(Airport West CID Public Safety Director Jon Antoine huddles with Fulton County interim Police Chief Gary Stiles.)
Jon Antoine, AWCID Public Safety Director, said the new plans will generate specific enforcement and targeted approaches to overcoming challenges facing area employers as well as their employees and clientele.

“We know the needs of this community, and we are taking decisive action to address the concerns of those who work and visit here,” Antoine said. “We are fortunate to have strong working relationships with local law enforcement and the firm support of our stakeholders. Our CID is ready to bring to bear the necessary resources to promote overall greater public safety.”

The AWCID safety plan calls for the following enhancements:
  • 24-hour patrols using off-duty police and private security contractors
  • Concentrated enforcement of municipal criminal trespass and loitering ordinances
  • Monthly trend awareness meetings to provide rapid solutions
  • Quarterly safety bulletins provided to area business and property owners
  • Safety awareness classes for businesses, property owners and community members
All AWCID public safety efforts will operate in coordination with the respective law enforcement agencies serving Fulton County and the Cities of Atlanta, College Park and East Point.

"This new collaborative effort is all about positive growth. It's about all of us being partners in order to maintain great public safety for the community," said Major T. Mabry of the East Point Police Department.