Whitlock Heights sees crime go up
by Geoff Folsom
November 02, 2012 12:52 AM | 4592 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Just weeks after an elderly woman was attacked, the Whitlock Heights area near the Marietta Square is seeing more problems with intruders.

On Wednesday afternoon, a home on Locust Street was burglarized, Marietta Police spokesman Officer David Baldwin said.

Attorney Stuart Sims said a neighbor saw three out-of-place men enter the backyard of his home on Rambo Place the same day, only to be frightened off by his dog. He said the men ran off, kicking part of his gate down with the dog chasing them.

Sims’ neighbors were able to corral the dog until he arrived, he said.

The neighborhood, which is a mix of young professionals and decades-long residents, is now taking steps to deal with the break-ins. Residents communicate on a Facebook page and call each other if they see something suspicious happening. Sims, who works nearby at the Brock Clay law firm, recently got a call from a resident concerned about a “goofy” car on the street. He came home to ask the driver what he was doing there.

“Everyone kind of knows each other,” he said.

On Sept. 16, a man forced entry into a house on Hazel Street, near Maxwell Avenue, and assaulted an elderly woman who owns the home, also taking an unknown amount of cash and jewelry, police said. The homeowner was treated and released at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Since then, Sims said he knows of four break-ins or attempted break-ins of homes, along with someone entering an unlocked car. While leaving doors unlocked was once common in the neighborhood, he said that is now becoming rare.

“I’d never spent a lot of time thinking about it, but now it’s, ‘Hey, do you know a good alarm company?’” he said.

While no one is certain if the break-ins are related, Sims said many of them have been at houses on corner lots.

“I’m not terribly concerned about it, but the tension in the neighborhood is palpable,” he said.

Baldwin said police still don’t have a suspect in the Hazel Street attack, though they continue to work on the case.

Jaillene Hunter, a neighbor of the Hazel Street victim, is hopeful the problems will be addressed soon.

“Our neighborhood is very family friendly, and it’s concerning to see more break-ins,” she said. “”We’re confident the police are doing all they can to stop it.”
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November 02, 2012
Good dog at the Sims' house!
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