What your neighbors are saying about the Druid Hills Patrol?
“Many thanks for looking in on our house while we were away recently for 11 days. We very much appreciated the peace of mind we got from the officers' daily reports, particularly in light of the fact that the house directly across the street from us was burglarized in the past month.
Your services were also invaluable because the AJC mistakenly delivered our newspapers every day we were away even though they had our hold request in their computer system. (Ironically, they delivered another entire set of missed papers on the day after our return in accordance with the hold request.) The AJC representative I spoke with apologized for their error and promised to notify the area supervisor and the route carrier, so I hope this is not a recurring problem in our neighborhood as piled up newspapers are clearly a red flag! Your officers put the papers along with a package on our back porch.” Melinda and Phil Holloday, Oakdale Road
“I think that the Patrol appears to be heading in an excellent direction and appreciate the efforts of the officers and volunteer team. There is definitely heightened visibility. And the information coming to Patrol members is very helpful. Someday I hope that the City and County police departments reach the point where they can provide sufficient community policing but until then we seem to need private Patrols.” Alida Silverman, Oakdale Road
“Phil and I received a lot of information when we came by the office on Ponce during the open house and since then have had officers come by our house to introduce themselves to us. We think there is more visibility of the patrol car and know by reports by the officers that they have checked on our house when we are away. Obviously we are concerned about the number of incidences of theft in our area and think having more people join would enable the association to increase the number of patrol hours. It would also be a huge help with more visibility to hopefully control the speed of the traffic in this area.” Judi Edwards, Springdale Road
“Increased reporting of area incidents has reminded us that our quiet neighborhood is part of a major city. DHP's recent security enhancements are particularly welcome in that context. “Rob and Susan Ashmore, Oxford Road
“I always feel better going on trips knowing that the Patrol will be checking up on my house while I am gone, and I appreciate the report I get upon my return. I also appreciate the updates on what is going on in the neighborhood.” Joan Dokson, Oakdale Road
“Druid Hills has needed a more concentrated neighborhood-driven emphasis on the Druid Hills Patrol for a long time. A concerned core group of our community appear to have taken a leadership role in addressing the safety concerns of Druid Hills. This thoughtful overhaul has been long overdue.
Cars have raced down our streets endangering our children and our safety. The flashing lights and the presence of the Druid Hills Patrol security car have slowed down the traffic through our neighborhood and have begun to make our streets safer. When we are our of town , we have asked the Patrol to monitor our property. Timed reports looking in on guests staying at our home have made us feel more comfortable about leaving our home a little more secure. I think the potential for the Patrol is huge. If we could just increase participation and funding to create a Patrol that truly represents all of us, we could begin to fund many more important projects. I am interested in increasing the Patrol to 24 hour survellience. One project I am particularly interested in is the coordination of our Security Alarm company with the Druid Hills Patrol. If an alarm in our home could notify the Patrol to come to our home in case of an emergency, this would solve the long delay of the DeKalb Police response to an emergency.” Mark Holzberg, Oakdale Road
“As a 6-year resident of Druid Hills and a new member of the DHP, I couldn't be happier with the direction the DHP has taken. DHP provides both proactive and responsive assistance. The DHP website offers up-to-date information regarding issues, incidences and precautionary measures. The Patrol car is well-marked and has a visible presence in our community. Bottom line: I feel better informed and more secure.” Mark J. Herold, Oakdale Road
“Thanks very much. I am LOVING the DHP for making me feel secure since my move to Atlanta!”Judith Kerr, Lullwater Place
“The recent reorganization of the Patrol has been incredible. Their visibility in the neighborhood with the easily identifiable Patrol car has been a real plus. I can't begin to say how especially impressed I've been with the communication. The "Ride Reports" come frequently and it is a real eye opener to see what goes on crime-wise in the neighborhood. I recently took advantage of notifying the Patrol when I was on vacation so my house could be checked carefully while I was gone. A few days after my return, I received a "welcome home" email that included an attachment with a copy of hte log that was kept for checking my house while I was away. It included the date and time my house was checked, the officer that checked it, and a note that all was secure and "ok". Wow!” Joanna Stroud, Springdale Road