Here is the advice I have for anyone looking at apartments. Check with the management and get as much information as you can about the crime rate and what types of crimes exist there. Next, check with anyone you might know that lives there. Find out from them about the crime rate.
I would also suggest that you do some investigation on your own. Drive through the complex several different times such as a weekday, a weeknight, a weekend day and a weekend night. This way you can look at how the complex is lit; are there too few lights? Are many lights burnt out? Do you see overgrown trees and shrubs? Do you see graffiti? Do you see abandoned vehicles? Do you see any suspicious activity? If you said yes to any of these and it makes you feel uncomfortable, then this might not be the place for you.
Check out the laundry facilities and the pool area. Are they well maintained? Is everything in working order? Are the areas clean? This will give you a good indication of how well the apartment complex is maintained.
If you are looking in Sandy Springs, check out www.crimereports.com. You will be able to get information on police activity in the complex and the surrounding areas. If you are looking outside of Sandy Springs, still look at www.crimereports.com. Your local police department might subscribe to this service.
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• A fine of $300 to $1,000.
• Jail time of 10 days to one year (which the judge can stay or suspend). If your blood alcohol level was over .08, you must serve at least 24 hours in jail.
• At least 40 hours of community service, or at least 20 hours if your blood alcohol was under .08.
• Completion of an alcohol or drug abuse class, also called the Risk Reduction Program.
• Probation of up to one year, including time served.
• One years’ driver’s license suspension.
Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.