ATLANTA — The plague of drug-related crime is so bad in one Atlanta neighborhood one man has put up signs protesting crime and demands Mayor Kasim Reed do something about it.
Armond Watkins likes his Lincoln Homes neighborhood in northwest Atlanta, but he hates the crime.
“I’ve watched a drive-by, another one on the very end up there,” Watkins said.
He and other neighbors on Revere Drive told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson drug dealers are the real problem.
The sign addressed to Reed is how he has decided to fight back.
Atlanta police have confirmed drug activity is a concern for the neighborhood.
Police say there have been 18 calls for drug-related incidents so far in 2015.
There’s even a website called “Dope at the Park” that mocks how drugs are dealt in the Lincoln Homes neighborhood.
“Why is the city of Atlanta not fixing the problem now while we still have a decent neighborhood?” Watkins asked.
The mayor was unavailable for an interview, but a city spokesman said:
“The Zone 1 Crime Suppression Unit regularly patrols in that neighborhood and several arrests have been made. The APD Narcotics team is also aware of the drug activity and monitors the area as well.”
Watkins says he wants Reed to give Atlanta police all the resources they need.
“I believe in the city being clean, not just the street being clean.” Watkins said.
Watkins says he’s gone through 19 signs because they keep being stolen.