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APD chief promises measures to reduce crime

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Atlanta's police chief says measures are being taken to combat crime across the city.

A recent string of crimes in communities from the city's southside to Midtown and Buckhead have some residents concerned.

Young people and adults – even a cable news anchor – have had their phone snatched and other victims have lost whatever they happened to be holding in their hand.

"Be aware of your situation that you find yourself in. If you don't have to present the phone or the iPad, just simply don't," said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pledged to take steps to stop the crimes.

"I want people to know that I get it. And that that is a big deal and I don't think it's funny and I don't think it's laughable and I take it extremely seriously, so what you are going to see is a series of actions to push back against this lawlessness," said Reed.

The crimes include carjackings, purse snatchings and even gunshots.

Turner said he had a meeting planned with the mayor to discuss crime-fighting measures.

"We will be talking with the mayor about adding additional resources. We've got to do things better, meaning we have to pay attention to the trends that are continuing to creep up in our various different zones and put resources out there to be able to bank the issues and I will guaranty the citizens of the city we will do everything that we can to continue to do that," said Turner.

A spokesperson for the mayor would not detail any results from that afternoon meeting. FOX 5's Morse Diggs said that in addition to more resources, residents can likely expect additional checkpoints, especially in the evenings.

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