The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) is aware that while businesses take a holiday break, criminal elements work even harder to find security lapses.
The CID is supplying extra measures to further deter crimes against commercial properties and their employees as 2012 draws to a close.
Every day, CID-funded private security and off-duty DeKalb County police officers provide a continual presence throughout the district. These law enforcement professionals are making special efforts to safeguard the area during the holidays.
As CID Chairman Larry Callahan explained, expanded public safety throughout the greater Mountain Industrial corridor is a key benefit to district stakeholders. As a result, the number of reported incidents continues to decline.
"We want all of our member properties to know that we are aware of the unique safety concerns that businesses have right now," Callahan said. "We are committed to vigilantly monitoring the district and working closely with DeKalb County Police to limit opportunities for incidents."
Private security officers document details they observe during routine patrols, notifying county police the moment potentially criminal behavior is observed. These patrols have generated positive interactions with business owners seeking to increase the security of their facilities. Safety personnel have been alerted to situations where their presence could prove beneficial.
Recently, representatives of an area corporate headquarters informed the CID of suspicious occurrences believed to be precursors to a burglary. The next weekend, a patrolling officer intercepted an unexpected vehicle and its occupant at the business during pre-dawn hours, potentially curtailing a crime.