South Augusta neighbors see signs of gang activity

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, October 1, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Sara Aleem has lived in the Apple Valley neighborhood for 33 years. She has put bars on her windows and doors for protection.

"We don't feel safe because we know when we go home we have to lock up our homes and we have burglar bars. We have to lock it all up and have the neighbor across the street watching out because if we don't the kids will try to break-in," says Aleem.

People who live in Apple Valley say a local gang keeps them from enjoying their neighborhood. Residents say the gang is known as, AVP. It stands for Apple Valley Posse.

Some residents have posted 'no trespassing' and 'beware of dog' signs, even pad-locking their fences to protect themselves from crime. Sergeant Richard Roundtree confirms that there is a gang in the neighborhood.

"We do know that a gang does operate in that particular area which we have identified and are tracking and monitoring," said Roundtree.

Ronald Johnson is the president of Apple Valley's community watch program. He says people in the area should feel safe.

"People shouldn't be afraid to come out at night. They can't be afraid to come out because people are out at night," said Johnson.

But that's exactly why Sara Aleem doesn't feel safe. She says too many people are out at night looking for trouble.

"[The gang] has taken over the neighborhood," says Aleem. "They've gotten worse and worse and worse. The kids don't go to school. The kids ride up and down the road all day long and go around and steal and break-in to people's homes."

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  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 2, 2007 at 10:11 AM
    When I started reporting petty crime, etc. in my neighborhood (not Apple Valley), I didn't know that some of the teens and 20's considered themselves gang members. Some called themselves by gang names, but I really don't care. I don't care to give them "street cred" by giving their gang names publicity either. I just want the crimes and the harassment to stop and the parents to stop leading their children into temptation. I noticed Apple Valley take a big slide down hill not long after "the incident" there. Most of the people I knew that had lived there since it was established, fled. Not long after that, the same thing was happening in my neighborhood. Too bad the police force is understaffed, but the community needs to step up in other ways, too.
  • by Adam Location: Apple Valley Drive on Oct 1, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    TJ obviously has never been down my street. I see these gangsters all the time walking up and down my street at night coming home from work. Sometimes I see them standing on one of the street corners waiting to make a drug deal. And I'm not talking aspirin. Those honest people like myself that live here can only do so much when the Augusta cops aren't here.
  • by tj Location: hephzibah on Oct 1, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    why do people say there is a gang problem, just because stealing, not going to school and such. All of these things has been going on for ever. They do not make it a gang problem. All of them are just bad behind kids. The kids and the parents needs there butts kicked.
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