On one night around 2 am in January of this year, there was a group of 3-4 young men who performed and attempted car break-ins in the neighborhood. Some of our neighbors had items stolen from their vehicles and a close call with items in a driveway storage unit. Outside video cameras assisted with knowing what time this occurred and how many assailants. We encourage you to please report these types of incidents. Usually, these incidents are not isolated and any information we can provide may help police catch the perpetrators.
Alternatively, another incident happened in our neighborhood in mid-February. A teenage grandson to one of our homeowners (recently accepted to Morehouse college) was visiting Montclair and decided to take a walk in the neighborhood one morning. The police were called twice on the teenager. As you can imagine, the homeowners and their teenage grandson felt profiled. There have been several similar incidents in recent history that have resulted in death or extreme violence, but fortunately, our Smyrna police handled this situation with extreme care. Please be mindful of how these actions can impact our neighbors. All of the residents here in Montclair want to live in a safe neighborhood but we encourage everyone to only call for police when a crime or attempted crime is being committed. Outdoor security cameras/doorbell cameras have proven to be extremely valuable as well.