Atlanta’s investment in public safety is at its highest ever. The police force has never been larger. Crime has dropped 18 percent over the past four years and murders — 83 in 2012 — are down from a high of 263 in the early 1970s.
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A look at some of the incidents that have residents in East Atlanta and surrounding communities concerned. Police are investigating possible links in the crimes listed below:
May 17: Saman Balkhanian shot in the head in Grant Park while walking home from a Braves game.
May 19: Man robbed at gunpoint just after midnight while walking along Stokeswood Avenue in East Atlanta. Later that night, another armed robbery, of a couple walking on Hamilton Street in Glenwood Park.
May 25: Two armed robberies, within 15 minutes, on Kirkwood Avenue in Reynoldstown. About 30 minutes later, Patrick Cotrona shot in the abdomen and killed while walking on May Avenue near Flat Shoals Avenue. A friend accompanying Cotrona shot in the leg.