Public Safety

Published on July 13th, 2015 |


APD Zone 2 commander talks crime with Southern charm, humor

When it comes to crime in Buckhead, Atlanta Police Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs is all business—seriously. But anyone who has ever heard him address a Neighborhood Planning Unit meeting knows there is another side to this “street cop”—Southern charm and humor.

Zone 2's Major Van Hobbs

Zone 2’s Major Van Hobbs

Presenting his crime report to the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit-B on July 7, Hobbs explained that he had missed the previous month’s meeting because he was in an intense management training course in Boston, as in way north Massachusetts.

He said, “Who knew you could have a tea party in Boston,” referring to inviting some of his fellow management trainees to join him a glass of good old Southern sweet iced tea.

But on the serious side, Major Hobbs said of crime in Zone 2: violent crime is down this year over last, sexual assaults are up, property crime is up (primarily auto thefts), car break-ins are down, but burglaries are up.

Hobbs told the NPU board, reports show that two to three stolen cars per week are being reported in the Buckhead area. He reminded everyone to not leave keys or valuables in their cars.

He discussed a problem that can occur when people have proximity starting key devices for their newer cars. “If you toss your keys on the kitchen counter next to the door to the garage, a thief can start the car without the key,” Hobbs told those at the meeting.

So, don’t leave the proximity starting key device that close to where the car is situated.
Hobbs also reported that there were no problems over the July 4 weekend with the Road Race logistics or the Lenox fireworks.

Even the hard cold facts of crime are reported with Southern charm by Major Hobbs…and often a bit of humor.

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