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gwinnett county has a "quality of life" unit

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“Tell the Truth”

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, Florida

#1 Apr 8, 2008
What a crock of crap. They use the police department to issues citations for neighborhood code violations.

I live in a neighborhood in south Gwinnett that does not have a homeowner's association or neighborhood covenants. Last Saturday a policeman came to my door and issued me a violation notice for the car in MY driveway.

It is an off-road Jeep that we use OFF-ROAD. It is by no means unsightly. It is not even muddy at the moment. We trailer it where we are going to use it, it is never driven on the road. It is insured, but does not have a current tag because it is not driven on the roadway.

The violation I received was for an expired tag and I was told I either HAVE to get a tag or put the car in the garage. Excuse me? I HAVE to buy a tag? On a car I don't drive on the road? What kind of strong-armed tactic is this?

When I called the Quality of Life Unit department to discuss this, I was told they have police officers who do nothing but ride around and look for violations!!! For crying out loud, there is CRIME in Gwinnett County. People are being robbed, raped and murdered, and the police force is being utilized to harass citizens who are harming no one.

The man across the street from me was also issued a violation the same day for a car he has in HIS driveway. It's a car that is perfectly operable but will not pass emissions inspection, but he's working on it and plans to get straightened out. Without an inspection he can't get a tag, so... Again, it's not an unsightly automobile by any means.

This kind of harassment is ridiculous, time-consuming and worthless. I've passed by plenty of houses in Gwinnett County that should be either cited for obvious violations or condemned - rental properties that are dumps. Focus on the THOSE.

Quality of Life, my foot. Gwinnett County is becoming a Gestapo regime, and the police department is out of control. It's obvious there isn't enough REAL crime to keep all of the police busy doing a REAL job, so maybe it's time to lay a few of them off and save the taxpayers some money.
Fed up

Buford, GA

#2 Jun 30, 2008
I have to disagree with you. We live in a neighborhood where residents have taken to setting up tents in their driveway to paint their cars. While it is unfortunate that people will no longer use good taste to govern their actions, I am thankful that there is actually a team of people out there helping us to maintain our neighborhoods.
Tina

Acworth, GA

#3 Mar 16, 2009
My husband has a vehicle in the back yard that he is rebuilding. It is not visible from the street and both neighbors have no problem with it. A police officer walked onto our property without a search warrant and issued us a citation. Isn't this considered unlawful search? Also, the drug problems in our neighborhood is out of control yet the police would rather spend their time making money for the county the easy way.
Totally ludicrous

Atlanta, GA

#4 Apr 30, 2009
I do not live in Gwinnett County but I have a friend that does. The ridiculouse citations they and their neighbors have been issued is unbelievable. I understand that there needs to be some control over how people keep up their homes and that is what a HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION is for. Ever heard of that? Instead of punishing the whole county for what a handfull of people do, leave it up to the Association to manage it. And if they don't have one then create one for each individual neighborhood. But then that would elimate the extra cash flow for the county.
citizen

Conley, GA

#5 May 6, 2009
Well, I find it interesting that Gwinnett county would rather send out police officers in the light of day instead of the dark of night. I guess it is a lot easier and safer for them to hand out citations to mostly law abiding citizens. Will it really thwart criminals by making someone repair a broken window, remove a car that is in the process of being repaired, put your ladders in your house? Who are you kidding? Why instead don't you get out of the doughnut store and arrest people that shoot guns in the middle of the night, supposedly celebrating new year, 4th of july, christmas eve, or whatever. When a taxpayer calls 911 because some people (multiple) are shooting guns repeatedly off for periods of minutes and hours and no one gets arrested that speaks volumes of what the police really care about.
Brenda

United States

#6 May 6, 2009
I love the officers that work with the QOL they are great we need more of them. They have worked wonders in my hood. THANK YOU QOL FOR A GREAT JOB FORGET THE WHINERS.
ron

Buford, GA

#7 May 7, 2009
first of all brenda blow it out your ass, im sure you have never had one thing in your yard or drive way that was an eye sore except maybe when you go to the mailbox. anyway, i had a officer give me one also ,i have a boat for sale in my yard off to the side which my neighbor has no problem so people can see it but it has an expired tag and according to the citation not on a hard surface,what the f****,also i have been laid off since feb. so i have been collecting stuff for the recycle place aluminum cans crushed and bagged and some scrap metal which are on a trailer by my mowers and sons bike which are covered with a tarp all nice and neat but i guess now ive got to get rid of because of some ass hole probabaly walking around the neighborhood.
Maisie

Atlanta, GA

#8 May 7, 2009
I think they should lay these officers off and SAVE money for the county instead of having police officers who do nothing but ride around and look for violations to try to MAKE money.
huh

Apex, NC

#9 May 14, 2009
The violation my neighbor received was for an expired tag. He was told he has to get a tag or put the car in the garage. He has two cars in the garage. There’s no room for a third one. What baffles me is,w e have a HOA and expired tag is not a violation for HOA; why would it be for Gwinnett County Police department? The car runs, wheels are good, nice paint job and no broken windows. HOA are tough enough. Now we are forced to have another entity that drives around to cause havoc. Gwinnett County Police department should be out catching criminals and making sure they do not escape. Do not tag cars that are in good condition in a personal drive way; due to missing tag. Do not sit on side the road with speed cameras. Those of us speeding are trying to catch criminals. STOP wasting our tax dollars and time 
Mary in Duluth- GA

Atlanta, GA

#10 May 20, 2009
I love the quality of life unit! We had a problem with a neighbor who brought in junk day and night and would leave it in their driveway. QOL stopped that and also they are cleaning up the neighborhood of all the junk cars, trash etc.. These police officers are for QOL unit and do not do the crime, driving tickets etc. so I would recommend someone to better educate themselfs before they open their mouths. Great Job Quality of Life Offiers!
Mike

United States

#11 Jul 14, 2009
The quality of life unit is so neighborhoods dont turn into gang infested waste lands like so many have in Gwinnett. They are enforcing state laws and county ordinances not neighborhood rules.
Go drive around the slums of Atlanta and you will see that the QOL unit is trying to prevent. Run down vacant houses, junk cars, trash in the front yard, loud music, broken windows, etc. This method is exactly how NYPD changed NYC from a high crime area to one of the safest cities in the US.
Tammy

AOL

#12 Aug 3, 2009
The bottom line is this....we have a county ordinance office in Gwinnett. People can report violations to them.

Having the police come onto your property and walk in your back yard without your permission or a warrant...is a crime in itself.

I lived in a neighborhood that was going downhill RAPIDLY. I was given a warning for a little strip of wood that about an inch at the end of it was raised slightly from my garage. You had to be RIGHT up on it to see it. I was told to glue it or nail it back down or I would be fined.

You have to place a priority on the value of two things. Your constitutional rights or neighborhood violations which can be reported through avenues other than having the police inspect your property without your consent. Next they will be entering your home to inspect it....that will get the attention of those who support the QOL unit....dontcha think?

I will take my constitutional rights anyday. Espeically when they are becoming fewer and fewer as we speak.

Soon we will be saying Welcome to the U.S.S.A.
William in Lawrenceville

Alpharetta, GA

#13 Aug 8, 2009
add me to the list who's fed up with the Yard Nazi unit. I was just issued some sort of citation by one of these "police".She said there had been a complaint filed but wouldn't tell me by who. She said I could find out once the "case" had been closed. The citation noted very nit-picky problems. We are in the middle of some serious yard work that had been delayed by the recent rains. She also informed me that the complaint alleged that my swimming pool was in disrepair. When I showed her my pristine pool, her only comment was that I had a very pretty pool. I went on the Quality of Life website and I definetly am not the supposed "target" that the mission stated the unit was created for. Its just another example of how our county (lived here since 1986) has fallen. This is not going unresponded to.
John

Lilburn, GA

#14 Oct 30, 2009
It seems to me the only people who have problems are the person/persons who have a scummy home/yard...If you don't like the QOL in Gwinnett County...Then move out!!
jim lawrenceville

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Dec 25, 2009
gwinnett county sucks. no trailer in your yard. no boat. no car. no bike. parking only on paved driveway on in garage yet there are many properties in gw county that have only a gravel or dirt drive and no garage. i hate the qol unit. go get a real job you nazi morons or go fight some real crime.
Jul in Lilburn

Riverdale, GA

#16 Apr 15, 2010
Ron in Duluth, you sound like a real jerk...and Jim in Lawrenceville...and any of you who are complaining about being visited by our Gwinnett QOL because YOU, as a home owner MUST be pretty lazy and don't have a clue how to care for your home, and yard...
You should be glad that someone is trying to keep our neighborhoods looking like we care...and that keeps everyone's home values up.
..it is horrible having to drive past neighbor's homes that are unkept...broken cars in the driveway, big trailers parked in driveways, parking cars and trucks ON THE FRONT YARD, on the grass!!! that usually dies soon after (where do these people learn that that's OK????...just because they moved from a "hood" that did that OR they were raised that way?, tree limbs and debris, weeds(not many of you know you can buy products that will control weeds) These are the people who need to be living in apartments OR trailers waaayyyyy far from people who care.
YOUR JUNK,lack of caring for a home and a yard makes it miserable for others...and devalues everyone's home...and not just yours.
Thank Goodness for the QOL POLICE WHO have to POLICE people who don't care...and probably are not smart enough to know better than let their homes look like they belong in an inner city neighborhood.
THOSE GUYS could be doing other important things BUT your stupidity keeps them busy policing you.
AND your lack of caring allows others to move in who think they can live the same way you do....that's how neighborhood DIE...and become "bad areas"....

“Tell the Truth”

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, Florida

#17 Apr 16, 2010
John wrote:
It seems to me the only people who have problems are the person/persons who have a scummy home/yard...If you don't like the QOL in Gwinnett County...Then move out!!
I don't have a scummy home OR yard and you're quite presumptuous to assume so. Personally, I pay taxes on MY little piece of property and I don't appreciate being told how I can use that property.

I can understand situations where the grass is 4 feet tall, cars in the driveway are up on blocks, etc., but let's face it. Gwinnett needs money and they are going to find it anyway they can and that includes citing homeowners for made-up laws that can bring in some revenue.

Crime is exploding in our county. We need the police protecting us from criminals not hounding homeowners in order to make a buck.
katey

Powder Springs, GA

#18 May 10, 2010
I hate junk cars and shabby looking houses as much as anyone,but don't ya think it's getting a little out of hand when they can go in your backyard(where nothing shows) and find some little somthing misplaced and charge you for it?It's YOUR property-they should'nt step foot on it without a warrant!If we did that it would be called trespassing-true or false???It all sounds good to the people with sorry neighbors,but there will be no end! They will go into your house next,for door to door inspections-you know keeping the neighborhood up to par.Don't you people think that "Big Brother" is getting just a little too much control???

“Tell the Truth”

Since: Nov 07

Orlando, Florida

#19 May 13, 2010
Jul in Lilburn wrote:
Ron in Duluth, you sound like a real jerk...and Jim in Lawrenceville...and any of you who are complaining about being visited by our Gwinnett QOL because YOU, as a home owner MUST be pretty lazy and don't have a clue how to care for your home, and yard...
You should be glad that someone is trying to keep our neighborhoods looking like we care...and that keeps everyone's home values up.
..it is horrible having to drive past neighbor's homes that are unkept...broken cars in the driveway, big trailers parked in driveways, parking cars and trucks ON THE FRONT YARD, on the grass!!! that usually dies soon after (where do these people learn that that's OK????...just because they moved from a "hood" that did that OR they were raised that way?, tree limbs and debris, weeds(not many of you know you can buy products that will control weeds) These are the people who need to be living in apartments OR trailers waaayyyyy far from people who care.
YOUR JUNK,lack of caring for a home and a yard makes it miserable for others...and devalues everyone's home...and not just yours.
Thank Goodness for the QOL POLICE WHO have to POLICE people who don't care...and probably are not smart enough to know better than let their homes look like they belong in an inner city neighborhood.
THOSE GUYS could be doing other important things BUT your stupidity keeps them busy policing you.
AND your lack of caring allows others to move in who think they can live the same way you do....that's how neighborhood DIE...and become "bad areas"....
Let's start with rental properties. Landlords need to keep up their properties to the standards of the neighborhood or better.
Bailey

Atlanta, GA

#20 May 20, 2010
I live in South Gwinnett and love the Quality of Life Police Unit. Had it not been for them the place would look like a dump. Most people don't seem to have any civic pride, they think their driveway is a garage and their backyard a junkyard.

My tax money is being put to good use, and I hope they keep that unit forever. Additionally, some people are doing businesses from their garages and crowding the streets with customers cars. How about that, should that be allowed also?

Listen, if you don't like it in Gwinnett, move elsewhere. We love and honor our Quality of Life Unit in Snellville.

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