By Melissa Weinman

Recent crimes around Buckhead and Brookhaven have neighborhoods on alert.

Over the past few weeks, police reported several burglaries and pedestrian robberies in neighborhoods including Chastain Park, Peachtree Battle and Historic Brookhaven.

There have been reports of burglars knocking on doors during the day to check if anyone is home. If someone answers the door, the visitors will claim to be selling door to door or say they are looking for someone. If there’s no answer, they’ll break into the home, homeowners believe.

The Historic Brookhaven neighborhood organized a meeting with Atlanta and Brookhaven police to discuss security. However, the meeting was canceled due to the recent ice storm.

Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 Commander Maj. Van Hobbs told the North Buckhead Civic Association in an email that there have been several pedestrian burglaries recently in Buckhead.

“We have seen a spike in pedestrian robberies over the last two weeks,” Hobbs said. “Although we have made arrests, we have requested additional resources to be in the area as well as using our crime suppression units to quell the issue.”

Hobbs said the suspects seem to be following people home and approaching them once they get out of their cars. He recommended residents be mindful of their surroundings and watch out for people who may be following them. He said anyone who sees something suspicious should call 911.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.