Gang Activity in Douglasville

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Concerned Citizen

Douglasville, GA

#1 Jul 1, 2009
Im wondering if anyone else has noticed much gang activity here? We have begun to notice groups of 5-20 teens at a time walking the neighborhood, sometimes 7 to 8 abreast across the road almost daring you to keep driving.Women and girls that used to walk regularly around here have been harassed by these youths.People that used to be out and about have started staying inside with their shades pulled.
I hate this,dont like feeling spooked in my own home.I sleep with a loaded gun,they walk the streets at night.You can smell the dope.I dont know about how others are feeling but Im angry as hell,we have lived here 20+ yrs and this was a great place for our kids,I stopped leaving Douglas County at all because I never felt safe anywhere until I crossed back over the Douglas County line.I could breathe a sigh then but NO MORE.Gone is the safety but you know what?We are determined,we aint going anywhere.My family will take whatever steps we have to in order to stay safe,mount safety cameras,security lights,wired fences,etc and post it right in the open.Trespass here and your going down lawfully but you will lose here,guaranteed.Our neighborhood is FED UP!As I write we think retaliation against us is about to happen because there was a confrontation here with criminal activity and we stood our ground.IF any of you out there know of any further steps we can take to fight takeover by gangs,Please reply!
wheelman

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Jul 2, 2009
What neighborhood do you live in?

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#3 Jul 2, 2009
Our neighborhood has had a few of these people move in over the last few years thankfully they didn't stay long and were not as bad as what you describe.
What a shame to have to lock your self in your own home because of the thugs and wantabees walking,or strutting down the middle of the road.

Their parents are most likly just as bad, they know what their kids are doing, most incourage them, or just don't care.
Our homes should be a place where we can feel safe, Good for you standing your ground.
I think if they come looking for trouble on your property you should be able to defend any way you can.
Really scary! I hope someone has some new ideas for you this is very serious stuff and it can happen to any of us.
Keep us posted as to how things are going. Time for all of us to stick together.
Grob Hahn

Duluth, GA

#4 Jul 2, 2009
Pedestrians have the right of way everywhere BUT the freeway. And this group knows it, so they once again push the limits of the law and game the system. I've seen blacks doing this walking in the middle of the street thing all over the country. In upstate NY it would actually cause traffic jams and the cops never did a thing about it. Unfortunately the only solution to all this will be vigilante groups. The police will only tell you they are "watching" the people you complain about. There is NO money in stopping this, so don't expect much police support.

Grobbbbbb

Oh yea, and your fears of retaliation are likely to come true since most of these thugs have absolutely nothing to lose with the law. But if a few get broken knees you may see improvement.
Concerned Citizen

Douglasville, GA

#5 Jul 2, 2009
Wheelman, That would be crazy to just name my neighborhood dont you think? Its Douglasville,hwy 5 area.What once was a fine area in esp the last couple of years has gotten downright scary and also the litter is awful.You never saw the kind of litter in D'ville you see now.Im just sad as well as angry that so many of us are just turning a blind eye instead of taking a stand in our own neighborhoods.IF we dont..D'ville is done for.I hate intimidation and thats what this kind of behaviour is aimed at doing,scaring us all.Wrong people in this home to try and intimidate.We are planted and staying!I just hope the law stays behind us.We are staying lawful but not bowing down now or ever! This isnt Fulton County.
Mom of One

United States

#6 Jul 2, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Wheelman, That would be crazy to just name my neighborhood dont you think? Its Douglasville,hwy 5 area.What once was a fine area in esp the last couple of years has gotten downright scary and also the litter is awful.You never saw the kind of litter in D'ville you see now.Im just sad as well as angry that so many of us are just turning a blind eye instead of taking a stand in our own neighborhoods.IF we dont..D'ville is done for.I hate intimidation and thats what this kind of behaviour is aimed at doing,scaring us all.Wrong people in this home to try and intimidate.We are planted and staying!I just hope the law stays behind us.We are staying lawful but not bowing down now or ever! This isnt Fulton County.
Instead of public housing apartments they have given them sec 8 housing. They have ended up in our neighborhoods. The apartment complexs around the Hwy 5 & W Stewart Mill area are now section 8.

daw

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#7 Jul 2, 2009
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Wheelman, That would be crazy to just name my neighborhood dont you think? Its Douglasville,hwy 5 area.What once was a fine area in esp the last couple of years has gotten downright scary and also the litter is awful.You never saw the kind of litter in D'ville you see now.Im just sad as well as angry that so many of us are just turning a blind eye instead of taking a stand in our own neighborhoods.IF we dont..D'ville is done for.I hate intimidation and thats what this kind of behaviour is aimed at doing,scaring us all.Wrong people in this home to try and intimidate.We are planted and staying!I just hope the law stays behind us.We are staying lawful but not bowing down now or ever! This isnt Fulton County.
Their are no gangs in Douglasville just thugs walking around.
Ig you say they have drugs or are selling them,I would be interested to know where so I can send the Narcotic's undercover drug division to stake it out then bust them but need to know where.The cops would have to buy from them a few times with marked money etc.this is how it works.
Crabapple

Douglasville, GA

#8 Jul 3, 2009
I think the Douglasville Police Dept. and the Sheriff's office have done a good job of going after gangs. On the grand jury we were treated to quite a number of felonious incidents where any indications of gang activity was met with multiple charges and refusal to grant bond.

Although there are quite a few gangs who have reared their ugly heads in this area, as soon as law enforcement gets wind of it, they are all over it. If any of you witness anything remotely related to gang activity, please call the sheriff's office or the Douglasville Police and report it.
Sadie

Douglasville, GA

#9 Jul 3, 2009
Just clean your gun on your porch every so often. That may get these little wanna be's attention.
Crabapple

Douglasville, GA

#10 Jul 3, 2009
I like that, Sadie . . .lol
Grob Hahn

Duluth, GA

#11 Jul 3, 2009
Sadie wrote:
Just clean your gun on your porch every so often. That may get these little wanna be's attention.
I'm not sure how legal it is to brandish a firearm in your front yard. Also, it means if they do decide to invade your particular home (actually they'll have friends do it so they have an alibi) they will know that they have to apply a quick and forceful entry (even deadly). Showing off your guns is asking for trouble. Better to show off your alarm system, large dog(s)and Karate trophies!

Grobbbbb
Crabapple

Douglasville, GA

#12 Jul 3, 2009
I think placing several bee hives in your front yard might help.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#13 Jul 3, 2009
Time to break out the lead core Louisville slugger again.

Worked well when I lived in Crescent City CA dealing with Bloods and Crips that were migrating into Northern California up out of the Los Angeles Metro.

I was 29 then, and since firearms weren't allowed out on the pier area - I had a buddy customize a Slugger, drilled a 12 inch deep hole about 1 inch wide, and filled it with lead. Wrapped with duct tape, tapped in some of those half sphere decorative tacks, gave it kind of a medieval look.

After defending my shop twice with it, and sending two attackers to the local hospital (one with cracked ribs, one with a broken wrist), the gangs kept their distance from me. Both leaders came out to give me a warning, and after talking, we came to a meeting of the minds.

During the week - my slow periods, I would hook up their boys with crabbing equipment and free bait, showed them how to use the equipment. The B Street pier was declared neutral territory and my shop hands off. Since I got the bait for free anyways from the fish processing plant, and the crab pots weren't being used during the week, it didn't cost me anything. Saved me a whole lot of money not having to get extra security, any possible damages to me and the shop, etc.

The deputy sheriff I talked with all the time couldn't believe that I was one of the few shops on the marina not being bothered, especially as isolated as I was. He almost choked himself into a coma seeing Bloods and Crips actually fishing and crabbing side by side on the pier, and no one was threatening each other.

On the weekends, none of them would come out, as per our agreement, so that the tourists wouldn't feel intimidated and I could make my money for the shop.

After the new owner took over, and decided I wasn't needed to run the place, it got robbed almost every other week. The guy was constantly trying to run them out, refused to honor the agreement I had worked out with the two gang leaders. He lasted about six months. He just up and pulled out of there, the city condemned the shop, tore it down after a couple more years.

Now all there is out there is a couple picnic tables and a plaque about the Battery Point Lighthouse that sits across the seawall from where the pier is.
Sandra Barber Rabern

United States

#14 Jul 3, 2009
Aw come on,I dont think it is that bad here.The area Officers and sheriffs depts do a good job in this county.My neaghborhood is mixed and I have lived here a mighty long time.The only time I see anything that looks strange,is in the mall area.And I think a lot of that is out of towners.
comeonfolks

Douglasville, GA

#15 Jul 5, 2009
I was talking to a cop today and he said that the people of Douglas don't realize that there biggest problem is not drugs, but gangs. He said they are asian and hispanic gangs.
Crabapple

Douglasville, GA

#16 Jul 5, 2009
They are here, that's for sure.

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#17 Jul 5, 2009
YUP! THE OLD CRABAPPLE GANG-------sorry couldn't resist.
wess12

Atlanta, GA

#18 Jul 5, 2009
Sandra Barber Rabern wrote:
Aw come on,I dont think it is that bad here.The area Officers and sheriffs depts do a good job in this county.My neaghborhood is mixed and I have lived here a mighty long time.The only time I see anything that looks strange,is in the mall area.And I think a lot of that is out of towners.
You must not get out much...
Concerned Citizen

Douglasville, GA

#19 Jul 6, 2009
Well I certainly appreciate the comments,some of you are hilarious, and some dead on.Heads up to you who think there are no gangs here,take the rose colored glasses off and go walking especially IF your white and female,might change your preception.Some people turn a blind eye until the problem knocks on their own door and believe me,it will if the people that love this county do not begin to take a stand against gangs and violence here,whatever color they may be.My family has always lived peaceably here until lately.Now it is time to take more drastic measures,make sure the folks here know whats going on,makes sure the proper autourities KNOW and they do in this instance.I dont beleive in fighting violence with violence,but in overcoming it lawfully IF possible.When I say IF...I mean IF our home were invaded or broken into by any one,ofcourse we would confront with DEADLY force.In this country thank God, this far we still have the right to bear arms and use them in self defence if our lives are being threatened.BUT AGAIN...you that think there are no problems need to wake up,denial is how whole cities are taken over by gangs and violence.People not taking a stand and staying quiet,not wanting to be involved only allows this kind of thing to blow up in your face.I agree that law enforcement is doing what they can,BUT they can only help IF they know.You see activity,roaming groups that arent familiar in your neighborhood,get it checked out.We will and are.Make a stand.THEY DO!
Concerned Citizen

Douglasville, GA

#20 Jul 6, 2009
Sorry for some misspelled words.Authorities,pERception.. .who gives a rats patooty,I spoke me mind huh?)p

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