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Dealing with crime in East Atlanta Village

EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE, Ga . -- Burglaries, car thefts, armed robberies, shootings and a slew of other recent crimes have residents in East Atlanta on edge.

Just this weekend, police report a robbery with an AK-47.

From Moreland Avenue, to Interstate 20 and down Flat Shoals Avenue, the community along with Atlanta Police are trying to reduce violent crimes.

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The crime this past weekend was the most recent in a string of incidents.  A week earlier, gunshots went off at a busy East Atlanta intersection.  A month before that, the area saw two murders in one week.

For some in East Atlanta, at least part of solution may involve actions on lights and cameras.

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"I would think camera here would be just as important as they are in Little Five Points and downtown," said East Atlanta resident Andy Anselmo.

Anselmo's employers recently installed their own security cameras, but they're not tied in to the network of cameras now located around the city and monitored by Atlanta police.

In recent months, the city has added dozens of electronic eyes to look for trouble. Most of the surveillance cameras are located downtown, in Buckhead, and midtown.

So far, none of them have reached East Atlanta Village.

In light of the recent crime wave in East Atlanta, Deputy Police Chief Renee Propes says cameras and improved lighting would help.

"We have them up and down Peachtree Street now, so as we move these out into more of our residential areas, they're great tools," said Propes.

11Alive went to City Hall to speak to city leaders. Councilmember H. Lamar Willis, who agrees cameras help reduce crimes and solve those that do happen, assured us the city will find funding to place cameras in East Atlanta and other parts of the city.

"How quickly?" asked 11Alive reporter Jerry Carnes.  "I will tell you it's an A-1 priority," said Willis. "It could be in the next few months, you'll start seeing results."

Police brass are meeting with an assessment team to improve lighting in areas troubled by crime.