Clayton/Fayette joined at the hip!!!!

Read this article recently posted in the local Clayton County Newspaper, and you will see just why those of us who have lived here for decades are concerned with the southward migration from the more urban areas north of us.

This is not a racial statement, so let's don't make it that. Crime is crime regardless who the perpetrator is. This is quickly coming to our little piece of Eden (or it used to be)!

Pointe South Parkway and the surrounding area is just a short walking distance above the Fayette County line. If you fine people of Fayette County think that we can just sit back on our laurels and do nothing, then the crime wave will consume you.

Or we can see that our law enforcement agencies within the county are WELL EQUIPPED and FULLY STAFFED *****NOW*****!!!

Even the Clayton County Police are saying that the Pointe South Area is a "HIGH CRIME AREA."

This migrates to us, even if you do not believe it.

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Submitted by swmbo on Sat, 07/07/2007 - 8:30pm.

The only thing I need to add to your blog post is this: Fayette County has been rather generous in responding to the Sheriff's Dept's requests. It is the Sheriff's responsiblity to spend that money in ways that keep good employees and attract more high-quality applicants. Although most people want more money (and, hey, who doesn't want more money?), you can also attract and retain good employees with a better work environment, sufficient equipment to do the job and creative rewards for good performance. It is also a morale-killer to have croneyism, nepotism and other destructive practices that reward incompetence and punish excellence.

Now, let me be clear: I am NOT criticizing the Sheriff. I don't work for him so, I have no idea if any of that applies to his department. That being said, if the County has been generous and people are still leaving, that is not the fault of the county. So, while I agree that our first and best defense is a well-supported and well-funded law enforcement organization, remember that the taxpayers can only put the money in the right accounts. The proper management of the department and the proper expenditure of the funds we provide is important to our safety, as well.

As a side note, it is sad that you have to qualify your statement by saying, "this is not a racial statement". You didn't make any reference to race as the basis for the criminal activity and I can't imagine how anyone could read your statement to have a racist undertone. So, relax. The facts are what they are; our neighboring counties are repositories of crime, drugs, unemployment, underemployment, under-education, poverty and economic oppression. And that affects people of all races in those counties; trust me, I see them (in every skin tone) eating from garbage cans every day on my way to work.

If you and I are always in agreement, one of us is likely armed and dangerous.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 3:58pm.

We have a great sheriff's dept. We just need more of them. They have made helping citizens a priority. When people call with a concern they will answer the phone, or call right back. No matter how small the problem, they seem geniunely concerned.

What can the average person do?
When crime moves in most of the good people get tired of the fight and just move.

Fayetteville seems to be where riverdale was 15-20yrs ago. That is very scary when you look at what that crimehaven is today. PTC is getting just as bad.
What can the average person do other than form neighborhood watch groups?

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 1:54pm.

is the LONG border it shares with Clayton. Henry has the same issues. Clayton's bed was made years ago when Charlie Griswell and Co would approve ANYTHING to be built in the County. They have never done much in the way of code enforcement, and it's all coming home to roost. All the apartments that were allowed around 15-20 years ago where the final nail in the coffin.

I should know, I grew up in Morrow, graduated in the early 80's.

Submitted by Silverbullet on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 4:07pm.

It takes years for a county to go under......if we have a strong sheriff's department....a great county commission.....and residents that are willing to keep their properties up, that will be a start. I drove through Clayton and Henry County last week to visit friends. Boy, was I shocked!! The commercial and residential properties that were once nice are run down...junky yards...grass not cut, etc. When that happens then the "bad" moves in, then crime, then I'm moving again. I am tired of moving away from crime ridden neighborhoods!!

Submitted by Dalmation195 on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 2:46pm.

Please be sure to read the article. I commend Chief Turner and his Officers for putting forth the effort, but I am afraid that it is too little too late for Clayton county.

It has truly become an urban area, and it is rapidly encroaching upon our rural feel (as we are not rural anymore)!

Submitted by thebeaver on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 7:33pm.

Be on the lookout, arm yourselves., and profile the enemy from the north.

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