Councilmember Yolanda Adrean head shot

Dist. 8 Atlanta City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean said she plans to use $250,000 from her discretionary budget in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation to have more surveillance cameras and vehicle tag readers installed in District 8, which covers a large swath of Buckhead.

Adrean made the announcement at last night’s Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting after attending a large public meeting on crime being hosted by Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. Adrean said she was meeting with the foundation to design a strategy for installation of the cameras and tag readers to create what she calls the “District 8 Safety Net.”

Buckhead residents have been on edge since three home invasions earlier this year and more than 100 car break-ins just this week alone. Adrean said generous residents of the community (including one who paid to have Tuxedo Park wired for cameras) and local businesses will also be involved in helping to fund and decide locations for the cameras and tag readers.

“The cameras and tag readers won’t solve all our problems, but it’s a step in the right direction,” Adrean said.

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.