I receive the Sandy Springs edition of your publication and have happily done so for many, many years. I am writing because I am annoyed that Sandy Springs does not have its own “Neighborhood Watch” column, and only has the Atlanta Police Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, on your pages. It is only somewhat helpful to see the crime that is occurring in Buckhead and does nothing to alert the citizens of Sandy Springs of the criminal activities and various scams that are happening in our own neighborhoods.
Capt. Steve Rose, public information officer at the Sandy Springs Police Department, has done a wonderful job of reporting crime and police activity on the department’s website with a slight touch of humor and irony, for many years.
Why not ask him permission to publish his weekly wrap-up on your pages so that the citizens of Sandy Springs are made safer and more aware of their immediate surroundings and not an area of Atlanta, down the road?
I think if you are going to create a newspaper that is specific to Sandy Springs, then make the news specific to us as well, and that definitely includes the police blotter.
Overall, this current issue has way too many Buckhead and general North Fulton news articles and not enough Sandy Springs topics.
It is obvious to me that more reporter groundwork needs to be done to have more items of interest to the Sandy Springs community.
If you are unable to find enough content for Sandy Springs, perhaps you should just roll Sandy Springs into your North Fulton edition and scrap Sandy Springs entirely.
Thanks for listening.
Editor’s note: Some weeks the Neighbor does use police reports from both the Atlanta and Sandy Springs police departments, with the Sandy Springs reports coming from Rose, but those reports are not always emailed to the Neighbor in time to meet its Friday deadline. This week’s paper includes reports from both departments.