Question: What if my neighbors are being loud?
Answer: Whether it's a party or a dog outside barking, noise from neighbors can be annoying. If you feel comfortable, call your neighbor or knock on the door, and ask them to take the party inside, lower the volume, or bring the dog in. Otherwise, the City of Atlanta has a noise ordinance (see details below); you can call 911 to report violations. Also call 911 if strobe lights or other out-of-the-ordinary situations besides noise are involved. If possible, record your call to 911 so that the offending noise is audible, and consider recording a video from the distance listed below and walk to where it originates to document the incident as you wait for a police officer to arrive.
At night, people are in violation if an officer can hear a noise 100 feet away between:
During the day, people are in violation if an officer can hear noise 300 feet away between:
Question: What can I do to avoid my car being stolen?
Answer: Don’t leave your keys in an unlocked car (it happens more than you'd think)! And don’t leave your car running and unattended, even if it’s in your driveway or “just for a second” when you’re running errands. Also, check to be sure your keyfob inside your home isn’t too close to your vehicle outside, so that the car can’t be unlocked and/or started when the fob is inside.
Question: What can I do to avoid my car being broken into?
Answer: Do not leave anything visible in your car! Purses, loose change, car chargers, computers, work bags, gym bags, and weapons or firearms. If possible, don't even leave these items in your glove box or trunk! Typically (of course there are always exceptions), your window won't get smashed if nothing is visible. We don't recommend leaving your car unlocked, as it will likely be rifled through and potentially damaged.
Additional Safety & Security Resources
Atlanta Police Department - PiHi is split into APD's Zone 2 (north of Rock Springs Rd) and Zone 6 (Rock Springs Rd and south of it).
Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) - The PAD Initiative works to reduce arrest and incarceration of people experiencing extreme poverty, problematic substance use, or mental health concerns, and increase the accessibility of supportive services in Atlanta and Fulton County. Since 2017, PAD has diverted over 200 people from local jails and offered access to housing, mental health and substance use recovery support, employment and income benefits, while addressing legal issues and barriers to stability.