The Piedmont Heights Security Patrol (PHCA SP) is a part-time endeavor that enhances regular city police services in our neighborhood by adding direct patrol of our streets by an off-duty police officer. It has proved to be a clear benefit to the entire Piedmont Heights neighborhood.
The Security Patrol is open to current PHCA members, homeowners and renters. You may join at any time. Donations over and above the member fee are always appreciated.
By joining the patrol, you will receive: a yard sign, and, through email security alerts and tips and updates are available. The very popular and exclusive (members only) out-of-town “house watch” and vacation patrols are available by calling the PHCA security patrol number which will be provided to all security patrol members.
The Security Patrol employs off-duty Atlanta police officers. While on duty for us, the patrolling officer will:
Check the PHCA SP voice mail more than once everyday;
Patrol and check on the homes of current PHCA SP members;
Patrol and check on the homes of absent PHCA SP members that have requested “house watch service”.
Patrol each of our streets for suspicious persons and/or activities;
Assist with quality-of-life issues (door-to-door solicitors, parking on/blocking sidewalks, nuisance barking, etc.);
Watch any known hot spots in Piedmont Heights;
Act on our behalf to coordinate additional law enforcement services (radar, traffic stops, car and dumpster impound, surveillance, etc.)
Respond and assist APD with 911 dispatches in our neighborhood.
The patrol serves the entire neighborhood as an additional police presence and is worthy of the entire neighborhood’s support.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail SecPat@PiedmontHeights.org .
Here’s some helpful safety advice for all neighbors from the Security Patrol
You should call 911 when:
You witness a crime in progress.
You suspect that a crime is in progress.
You discover that you are a victim of a crime (dollar value doesn’t matter).
Your property is on fire or you see a fire in the neighborhood.
You have or witness a medical emergency or health crisis.
You witness or need to report a traffic accident.
You witness any suspicious activity or person in the neighborhood.
You see illegal parking detrimental to our neighborhood (blocking sidewalks, tires off street and on curb or grass).
You believe a vehicle has been abandoned.
You believe the neighborhood is experiencing excessive noise including, but not limited to, dogs constantly barking, loud music, loud parties, and contractors working too early or too late. (Tell the 911 operator if you wish to remain anonymous to the offender.)
Or, when in doubt, call 911.
If a crime goes unreported to the police, then it does not show up in the official crime statistics and therefore affects the APD's resource allocation. Police manpower is driven by the actual reports of crime.
Your first call should always be to 911; email SecPat@PiedmontHeights.org only after you have called 911.