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Black and Blue Friday: Stay Safe this Shopping Season

As stores gear up for the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, it may be easy to forget that Black Friday isn’t always a sign of holiday cheer. A new poll reveals that personal safety inside stores and outside in store parking lots is the No. 1 holiday safety concern for Americans – particularly women and seniors.

Nearly half of the more than 800 respondents (49 percent) who participated in a national survey reported that personal safety in stores and parking lots is their primary safety concern this holiday season. For holiday shoppers, the worries over personal safety outpaced concerns over merchandise being stolen and children going missing in the store.

The survey was conducted by Signal 88 Security, a private security company with more than 90 franchises services over 700 locations throughout the US and Canada, including offices in  Atlanta.

“While Black Friday should be a fun day for holiday shoppers, the threat to personal safety and security is very real,” said Kris Withrow, owner at a Signal 88 Security franchise  and former department store loss prevention specialist. “Shoppers may become combative while in pursuit of a popular holiday item, and that may compromise the safety of other shoppers.”

Withrow says that electronic items, such as gaming systems, computers and televisions, often cause the most confrontations in a store.

“Getting your hands on a Black Friday deal is great, but it isn’t worth becoming involved in a verbal or physical altercation,” Withrow said. “Oftentimes, merchandise can be replenished.”

In order to remain safe inside the store, Withrow suggests remaining aware of your surroundings.

“Shoppers tend to let down their guards once inside the doors, but that may make them more vulnerable – especially when it’s crowded,” said Withrow. “It’s not uncommon for thieves to follow shoppers out of the store in order to steal the merchandise once in the parking lot. Report any suspicious activity to a store employee or manager.”

In addition to store safety, nearly one-quarter of survey respondents (23 percent) indicated that having gifts stolen from their vehicles or homes was their biggest holiday shopping concern. To keep your purchases safe in the parking lot, take the time to follow common sense steps such as locking your car doors and keeping purchases out of sight.

“Shoppers are often in a hurry to get into the store and may forget to lock their car doors,” Withrow said. “Double- or even triple-check to make sure your vehicle is secure.”

If you’re traveling from store to store, keep your purchases out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk.

“Make sure nothing of temptation is left in the car,” Withrow said. “Even items such as backpacks, which may not contain anything valuable, could be alluring to a thief and make you vulnerable to a break-in.”

Nearly one in five survey respondents (19 percent) said their primary safety concern is having their children go missing in a crowded store.

“If possible, leave the kids at home as you do your holiday shopping,” Withrow said. “Crowded stores make it easy to lose track of children. Plus, they may create distractions for you that could put you in a position to become a victim of theft.”

 

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Share input to help shape Cobb’s transportation plan

Share your thoughts and opinions on the Cobb County Comprehensive Transportation Plan 2040 update at an open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Your input is needed on major transportation investments in Cobb including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, public transit, roadway capacity and upgrades, bridges, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance and programs and policies. The open house will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

For more information, visit cobbinmotion.com or emailinfo@cobbinmotion.com.

 

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Public Safety golf tournament raises money to keep kids safe

 

The 11th annual Public Safety Golf Classic was held in October and raised $63,250 to benefit Safe Kids Cobb County. A donation check was presented to the nonprofit organization at the Board of Commissioners meeting last week. This was the event’s largest donation raised to date.

Safe Kids Cobb County is dedicated to fighting accidental injury and death to children under the age of 14. These much-needed funds will help spare children the pain of serious injury or death due to preventable accidents. The donation will be used to reach Cobb children through educational events, such as child safety seat checks, bicycle safety rodeos and community safety presentations.

(Source: Cobbcounty.org)

 

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East Cobb Police Officers of the Year Awards: Ryan Stilz

Last month, the East Cobb Business Association sponsored the second annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration for Precinct 4’s police and personnel. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Officers of the Year awards presented by Precinct 4’s Captain Jerry Quan and Kim Paris, Community Outreach Coordinator, WellStar. Congratulations to today’s featured officer!

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Ryan Stilz

RYAN C. STILZ
POLICE OFFICER,
PRECINCT 4 OFFICER OF THE YEAR, EVENING SHIFT

Ryan Stilz was hired by the Cobb County Police Department in May 2011. Officer Stilz is the consummate professional. While still a young officer himself, he has taken a lead role on the shift and the newer officers frequently ask him for advice.

Officer Stilz has taken a role as a team member. He maintains a positive, upbeat attitude, which helps motivate the other officers on the shift. He consistently stays late and assists other shift members processing their evidence and paperwork. Officer Stilz has worked his off days when the precinct needed the manpower.

Officer Stilz demonstrated his commitment to both the public and his fellow coworkers when the metro area had been hit with ice storms which resulted in closed roadways and the issuance of a state of emergency by the Governor. Officer Stilz, during  reacherous conditions, made his way to the Precinct 4 headquarters and picked up fellow officers along the way. Officer Stilz should be commended for his hard work and commitment to his co-workers and the citizens of Cobb County.

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East Cobb Police Officers of the Year Awards: Christopher M. Few

Last month, the East Cobb Business Association sponsored the second annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration for Precinct 4’s police and personnel. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Officers of the Year awards presented by Precinct 4’s Captain Jerry Quan and Kim Paris, Community Outreach Coordinator, WellStar. Congratulations to today’s featured officer!

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Officer Christopher M. Frew

 

CHRISTOPHER M. FREW
POLICE OFFICER, PRECINCT 4
OFFICER OF THE YEAR, DAY SHIFT

Officer Chris Frew began his career with Cobb County Police Department in June 2011. Prior to this, he served in both the United States Navy and the United States Army, where he held the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in combat.

As a member of Precinct 4, Day Shift, Officer Frew maintains work activity levels at or near the top of the shift. He comes to work each day with a great attitude and never shows any negativity. He works to keep morale high on the shift and often provides baked goods for the shift at his own expense.

In the field, Officer Frew makes good decisions while on calls, and is known for taking the extra steps to ensure that everything possible has been done for both complainants and victims. He exhibits special interest in cases involving elder care and abuse, crisis intervention, citizens with disabilities and critical incidents involving negotiations.

Officer Frew was one of the first officers trained in the use of the police department’s new first aid kits. On August 1, 2014, Officer C. M. Frew responded to a person down call, possibly involving an overdose. Upon his arrival, he performed a medical assessment of the unconscious male patient. Officer Frew located a carotid and distal pulse, but the patient was experiencing agonal breathing with intermittent coughing of blood. Officer Frew inserted a nasopharyngeal tube into the male’s left nostril to create an airway.

Shortly thereafter, Metro ambulance arrived. While medics started an IV and attached heart monitor probes, Officer Frew ventilated the patient with a bag valve mask. He continued to provide oxygen to the male until relieved by Cobb Fire personnel. The low sick male was quickly transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was given numerous doses of Narcan and intubated due to respiratory arrest. According to a Cobb Fire Engineer with Rescue 20 and members of Engine 15, the actions of Officer Frew greatly increased the survivability of the male. The male’s airway was full of blood. The nasopharyngeal tube insertion increased blood flow to the male’s brain, probably preventing a full cardiac arrest. Metro ambulance personnel categorized the male patient as critical and expressed their admiration for Officer Frew by initially inserting the nasopharyngeal tube to allow for increased respiration, as well as his continued assistance in providing oxygen to the patient through the use of the bag valve mask.

Officer Frew is a fine example of the high standards required by the Cobb County Police Department.

 

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East Cobb Police Officers of the Year Awards: Michael Goodman

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Michael Goodman

Last month, the East Cobb Business Association sponsored the second annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration for Precinct 4’s police and personnel. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Officers of the Year awards presented by Precinct 4’s Captain Jerry Quan and Kim Paris, Community Outreach Coordinator, WellStar. Congratulations to today’s featured officer!

 

MICHAEL GOODMAN
DETECTIVE, CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT
PRECINCT 4
DETECTIVE OF THE YEAR

The work done by a Detective is never truly done. The caseload is always there at the end of the work day and the end of the work week. Proper case load management and clearing cases takes tenacity, skill and intuition. Detective Goodman is being recognized as the CIU4 Detective of the Year for displaying those talents. In addition, his continued dedication and enthusiasm has resulted  in his success of handling the most assigned cases in the unit. He has also cleared the most cases by arrest.

Detective Goodman displayed his talents at the beginning of this year with an investigation of 18 cases involving stolen lawn equipment from lawn service companies in the East Cobb area. The resulting charges included Entering Auto, Theft by Taking, Theft of a Firearm, and Theft by Deception. He networked with Roswell, DeKalb and Gwinnett jurisdictions where additional thefts occurred. The thefts occurred again this summer by the same offender. His suspect information was shared to neighboring jurisdictions and he was arrested again in Sandy Springs in September.

In another long and intricate case, Det. Goodman investigated 11 Entering Auto cases that had occurred In February on Little Road and Powers Ferry Roadways.

His investigation resulted in charges for Entering Auto, Burglary, Financial Transaction Card Theft and Fraud. His persistence resulted in the additional charges for the violation of the GA Street Gang Act.

In August, the Powers Ferry Road area was plagued with multiple smash and grab style business burglaries. Detective Goodman’s investigation developed a possible suspect who was arrested several days later by Morning Watch officers while committing a burglary at the BP gas station. Det. Goodman then led the investigation that resulted in tying the offender to 6 business burglaries and charges for violation the GA Street Gang Act. Along with his regular assigned cases, Detective Goodman has also taken on additional cases throughout the year that he has been given as a result of his working relationships with loss prevention companies, resulting in additional arrests.

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Veterans Celebrated Throughout Cobb

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Veterans Day, celebrated this year on Tuesday, November 11, gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. Here are some local events planned to commemorate those who served our country.

 

Acworth Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2PM.
Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point –Cauble Park, 4425 Beach Street, Acworth
The Ceremony to honor our veterans is held each year at the Veterans Memorial at Patriots Point in Cauble Park. Veterans and current servicemen give their comments on what service to our country means to them. Engraved pavers dedicated to those who have served in our armed forces that have been purchased since the previous Memorial Day will be presented at the event.

Kennesaw State University Veterans Day Celebration
November 10, 12PM
Carmichael Student Center / University Rooms, 395 Cobb Ave, Kennesaw
Army ROTC Club, Student Veteran’s Club and Semper Fi Society invite you to Kennesaw’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Each year, Kennesaw State University honors those who have served the nation in the United States military. The keynote speaker this year is Major General Maria Britt. Major General Maria Britt was the first female head of the Georgia National Guard and is currently Kennesaw State University’s associate vice president for operations. She was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great  responsibility to the government of the United States.

Kennesaw Veterans Day Luncheon
Tuesday, November 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
North Cobb American Legion Post 304, along with Kennesaw city officials and staff, will honor America’s service men and women with a complimentary lunch at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. All veterans and active military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required.

Marietta 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 11am
Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street, Marietta
The 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and continue along Roswell Street to the Marietta Square. The parade will have both Marietta and Cobb County schools represented by their bands and their JROTC units. Thirty or more parade entries are anticipated along with a display of military vehicles. Following the parade, there will be a formal ceremony at the Marietta Square pavilion beginning at noon. Visit again to see who will be the Grand Marshal and keynote speaker.

Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11th, 11AM – 12PM
Veterans Memorial at 2800 King Street
The event is sponsored by The City of Smyrna, the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, American Legion Post 160, and the Smyrna Rotary Club. Guest speaker Col. Longgrear, US Army Special Forces (Ret.), survived the Battle of Lang Vei, and during two tours in Vietnam, earned the Silver Star, Bronze Stars for Valor and three Purple Hearts. The Georgia Army National Guard’s 116th Army Band will play patriotic music in honor of the 100th anniversary of WW I. The
ceremony is a public event and all are invited to attend and participate in this memorial service to honor the men and women who have served in defense of our nation.

Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 11am-12:30pm
Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2000 Cobb Parkway SE, Marietta
Celebrate Veterans Day with food and a veteran’s ceremony produced by Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, along with their community partners. Everyone is welcomed to attend!

Veterans Salute
November 11, 12-2:30pm
North Cobb Senior Center
4100 Highway 293, Acworth
Presentation of Colors will be presented by North Cobb High School R.O.T.C. Luncheon will follow. Presentations will be given by Colonel Don Stretch, US Army, and Retired Veterans. Musical tribute by North Cobb Christian Singers. Please call (770) 975-7740 to register. Limited seating.

 

East Cobb Police Officers of the Year Awards: Clinton Denson

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Clinton James Denson

Last month, the East Cobb Business Association sponsored the second annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration for Precinct 4’s police and personnel. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Officers of the Year awards presented by Precinct 4’s Captain Jerry Quan and Kim Paris, Community Outreach Coordinator, WellStar. Congratulations to today’s featured officer!

 

CLINTON JAMES DENSON
FIELD TRAINING OFFICER
PRECINCT 4
MORNING WATCH
OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Clinton Denson was hired by the Cobb County Police Department in December of 2007 and in June of 2013 he  was activated as a Field Training Officer (FTO).

Since then, Denson has proven to be highly motivated and eager to teach new recruits. He maintains a high level of competency and knowledge in his job and has consistently been one of the top producers in all categories on the shift.

FTO Denson actively participates in the betterment of our department and currently sits on the Departmental Improvement Committee, the Pursuit Review Committee, and the Advanced Training Board. And, for the past two years, he has been on the Training Review Committee. FTO Denson also maintains a high level of personal fitness. On his recent Physical Performance test, he received the maximum score of 18 out of 18 overall points, thus earning him the blue fitness bar. He also made the list for top 50 Toughest Officers in 2013.

 

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District Two show to discuss holiday safety

 

A new episode of 2 TALK with Bob Ott will air at 8 pm on Thursday, Nov. 6, on Government Access Channel TV23. The show, hosted by the commissioner, highlights stories, accomplishments and insights into what makes District Two a great place to live and do business.

The newest episode will feature guests Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce and Det. Gil Padilla discussing holiday safety and Karen Hallacy from Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission talking about its role in the community.

TV23 can be found on channel 23 for Comcast customers and channel 180 for Charter customers. AT&T U-verse customers will need to tune to channel 99 and then select Cobb County Government. The show is also available on TV23’s live Web stream during its airing time by clicking here.

 

Prevent Entering Autos Theft in your Neighborhood

The majority of the Entering Autos have occurred in the apartments along Terrell Mill Rd and the residential areas along Lower Roswell Rd, Powers Ferry Rd and the South Marietta Pkwy. Unlocked vehicles and valuables left in vehicles overnight are the contributing preventable factors. Guns left in vehicles have also been taken. Other scattered Entering Auto incidents have occurred along the Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry Rd corridors.

Prevent Entering Autos by removing valuables from your vehicles every night. Providing valuables for the criminals enables them to fund their criminal enterprise. Take the profit away from their business and shut them down.

If you see something suspicious call 911 and have Cobb County PD respond and check it out.

Share your property crimes with your neighbors to keep everyone aware and watchful. That is best done through a person to coordinate that effort through a neighborhood email list.

(Source: Cobb County Police PENS Report)