Parts of Stone Mountain are beefing up security, but not in the area you might expect.
Instead of in the retail areas, the community improvement district has hired security to patrol the industrial and commercials areas.
The targeted area, full of distribution plants and large office complexes is already big, but local leaders hope to make it even bigger with the increase in security.
It might not have the laptops or the diamond necklaces, but security workers said there's plenty that catches crooks eyes, particularly around the holidays.
Craig Yarbrough is with Plaza Security. "Some of the things that would attract thieves are metal, like copper. We have many companies that have vehicles here, so people might go for the catalytic converters. They try to take recycling items like card board bindings," said Yarbrough.
That's what police and security guards have been battling for about a year now and they said it's paying off.
"It's been reported that crime has been reduced by 23 percent and we're trying to increase that," said Yarbrough.
Patrols have been doubled in anticipation of a spike in crime for the holidays. Businesses and residents said it shows.
"I do see them coming in and out and I do see that car. I sure see that car. I know wherever that car is they not too far from it," said Alicia Sprinkler who bowls at Stars and Strikes.
Sprinkler said seeing the car is definitely a good thing. Businesses like it too.
Frank Szabo is the manager at Stars and Strikes. "We've had security on weekends and when these guys are here through the week I think it makes just as big of an impact," said Szabo.
If things continue to go well, and more businesses do end up coming in, it will mean more work for security workers, but they said that's fine with them.
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