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Alert from Cobb Sheriff’s Office: Phone scam targeting Cobb residents

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Cobb County Sheriff’s Office staff recently received several complaints from residents stating they received phone calls from a male representing himself as a member of the “Sheriff’s Office.” He said the resident failed to appear for jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for his or her arrest. However, if the victim pays a substantial amount of money, the warrant will be dismissed and they will not be taken into custody. The caller may also indicate that if the person pays the “fine” a warrant will not be issued for his or her arrest. According to Sheriff Neil Warren, the caller tells the victim to make a payment using a “Walmart Money” card.

“Once they purchase the card, the victim is instructed to provide the card number to the caller,” Warren said. “This type of scam has been used for many years and is making a comeback. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office would not contact a citizen demanding payment of a fine nor does the Sheriff’s Office have the authority to dismiss a warrant.”

Warren further stated if an individual has a question regarding jury duty service, he or she should call the Superior Court Jury Administrator at770-528-1757 or the State Court Jury Administrator at 770-528-2628.

If you have received a phone call similar to this, please contact the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit immediately at 770-499-4653.

 

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Suspicious truck reported near Post Oak Tritt and Sandy Plains Road

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The following information was provided by the Cobb County Police Department: 

On 02/25/2014 Tuesday at 6:14pm to 6:24 pm a Suspicious vehicle was reported to Cobb Police in a neighborhood off Post Oak Tritt near Sandy Plains Rd.  It was reported by a group of young girls who were outside selling items from a garage sale that two white males in a silver truck made verbal statements and made hand gestures to invite them to the truck.

The girls did the right thing and went away from the men and obtained a guardian who was able to report the tag number on the truck to police.

You may have seen a report of this incident on Facebook describing a “dark gold extended cab truck.” It described the driver in his late 30’s early 40’s, white, wearing a camo hat and the man in the passenger seat as older and skinny.  One of the children described him as looking like “Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty.”

The initial investigation was able to confirm with a neighbor that the two men did actually have business in the subdivision to repair furniture.  Police have since spoken to both men who denied any intentions of making contact with the girls.  Our investigation did not produce any additional information that supports any illegal intentions at this time
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With that said, this is another reminder to speak to your children and remind them to never approach a stranger and never get into or come near their vehicle.  Have them immediately report it to a parent or guardian and call 911.

Whenever you see an alert such as this posted on a social network or an email, your PENS representatives in your neighborhoods can send us an email to PENS to confirm the facts.  You may otherwise call your Cobb Police Precinct.

Pct 4 number is 770-499-4184 between 8am and 3pm Mon-Fri.

(Source: Cobb County Police)

 

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Are you alarmed?

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For those of you with homes and businesses covered by an alarm or security system please know that in Cobb County you must register your alarm with the Cobb County False Alarm Reduction Unit. It’s easy and FREE to register your system. Just go to www.cobbcounty.org or call 866-902-7110 to begin the quick process.

The following helpful information was provided by the False Alarm Reduction Unit of Cobb County Police:

What is a false alarm?

The Cobb County Alarm Ordinance defines a False Alarm as: “the activation of an alarm system to summon law enforcement personnel which occurs as a result of mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the alarm user or his employees or agents, unless the law enforcement response was cancelled by the alarm user or his agent before law enforcement personnel arrive at the alarm location. An alarm is false when, upon determination by the responding officer, no unauthorized entry, robbery, or other crime was committed or attempted in or on the premises which would have activated a properly functioning alarm system.”

Primary Causes of False Alarms

- Unlocked or loose doors/ windows
- Children, Neighbors and Visitors
- Cleaning Crews/ Repairmen/ Pet Sitters
- Pets or other wildlife
- User Error
- Equipment Malfunction

Know what to do if you set your alarm off accidentally?

- First, don’t panic. Carefully enter your disarm code to reset your system.
- Wait for your Alarm Company or central monitoring station to call, give your password or ID card number.

Do not leave your home or business until you have talked with your monitoring station! If they do not call you, have the number posted by your control panel and contact them to cancel the police dispatch.

- DO NOT call 911 to cancel alarm activations–you must call your monitoring station.

- Except in the instance of duress, ambush or robbery alarm activations, the monitoring company must make at least two attempts to contact a representative of the alarm site by telephone or other electronic means and attempt to confirm a valid alarm before making a dispatch request.

-If you are aware of a problem with the system, you can cancel the police dispatch.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What is the cost of the alarm registration?
There is no cost to register your alarm system

Who is required to have an alarm registration?
Everyone operating an alarm system inside the County limits is required to register their alarm system

Where do the alarm service fees go?
The fees are used to offset the County’s administrative costs of the program

Will I be charged for alarm activations that are not false?
No, you will never be charged for an alarm activation that is not false, this amendment allows charges for false alarms only

What if my alarm is activated accidentally?
For the first two false activations, there is no fine. Additional false activation within a permit year will result as follows:

False Alarms:      Fine:
3                        $50
4                        $75
5                        $100
6                        $125
7                        $150
8                        $200
9                        $250
10                      $300

If I disagree with an assessed fine, can I appeal?
Yes. If you disagree, the ordinance does have an appeal provision. To appeal a false alarm fee, please read the following: The Alarm User may appeal an assessment of a false alarm fee to the Alarm Administrator by setting forth in writing the reasons for the appeal within thirty (30) calendar days after the date of the notification of the assessment of civil penalty(ies). Be sure to include your name, the alarm location, date of the false alarm, your permit number, reasons for the appeal and any supporting evidence. An administrative hearing will be scheduled and heard by the Alarm Administrator after receipt of the written notice of appeal. The Alarm Administrator will render a decision in writing.

Do I have to register my car alarm?
No, car alarms do not need to be registered

Where do I send my check?
The mailing address is:
Cobb County False Alarm Reduction Program
PO Box 405587 Atlanta, GA 30384-5587

Why am I sending my invoice and payment to an address in Atlanta?
The County works with Bank of America to process all your payments. An advanced banking service that scans all the envelopes, payments, forms and invoices is being used. The service allows your payment to be processed quickly. The service is only available at their main processing center located in Atlanta.

What will happen if I do not pay the alarm fines?
Failure to pay the alarm fines within 90 days may result in a civil citation and suspension of your alarm registration

Can my alarm registration be suspended?
Yes it can be suspended. Some of the reasons are failure to make a timely payment of assessed fees or fines or making a false statement of a material fact in the application for registration.

I’ve become suspended, how do I reinstate my registration?
If your account has become suspended you will be required to pay all outstanding fees and fines, including any late or returned payment fees.

I received duplicate alarm invoices at my address; what can I do?
If you received a duplicate alarm invoice, please contact us at (866) 902-7110 so we can delete the incorrect invoice(s). If you are directed to a voicemail box, please leave message with your name, address, phone number and the account/permit numbers that need to be combined or deleted.

Where can I read or obtain a copy of the ordinance?
The alarm ordinance is posted online at: www.crywolf.us/cobbcountycrywolf or you can call (866) 902-7110

Who can I call if I have additional questions or comments?
Call us at (866) 902-7110, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

(Source: Cobb County Police)

 

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East Cobb Crime Trends

According to the Cobb County Police Department, crimes of entering autos are once again on the increase. In recent weeks, parks, daycare and fitness centers, as well as retail shopping areas have been targeted usually by those from outside the area using rental vehicles that will blend to the area.

Be aware of your surroundings and utilize the Target Hardening Tips provided by Cobb Police:

  •  Lock doors and windows.
  •  Set the alarm every time you leave.
  • Post alarm signs and stickers.
  • Keep garage doors closed and locked.
  • Do not advertise on Social Media sites when you are away!
  • Use outdoor lighting on a timer.
  • Limit potential losses by using a safety deposit box.
  • If someone knocks on your door DO NOT IGNORE THEM, yell through the door that you are not interested and that they need to leave. Next call 911 and provide a description, ignoring them may result with your door getting kicked in!
  • Record your serial numbers and photograph your valuables
  • Anytime you purchase a Smartphone, tablet, laptop or cell phone; ask your carrier service what tracking services are available for your device. For example, The Apple Iphone5 and most Apple products have a program called “Find My Iphone” that will allow you to locate it over WIFI/internet from another device such as a laptop. Click on the following link to learn more from Apple Support http://support.apple.com/kb/ph2696
  • Also for those who have android operating devices you can go to : http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2014/01/23/norton-mobile-security-devices-app-review/4800223/

    These program help law enforcement in not only locating your property but also locating the property of others that they may be in possession of at the time of arrest.

 

 

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(Source: Cobb County Police)

Winter Storm Safe Driving Tips from Cobb Police

Here are some driving tips to consider and share with your neighbors.
  • If the roads get covered in snow and ice and you don’t need to drive, stay home.
  • Always buckle your seat belt!
  • Brake properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently.
  • Begin braking extra early when approaching an intersection.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you regain traction. Then straighten your vehicle. If you have antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
  • In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop. Turn on hazard blinkers.
  • Decrease speed and increase following distance on hazardous roads. Your speed should adjust for conditions without becoming an impediment to traffic flow
  • Cobb County Roads are not conditioned for winter conditions like they are further north.  If you are an experienced northern driver understand that road conditions may be more severe.
Stay safe East Cobb!

 

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Armed Robbery at Common Quarter Sunday Morning

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The following information was provided by the Cobb County Police Department: 

1)      Armed Robbery (01/19/14 @ 0730 hours in Zone 4) The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating an armed robbery, which occurred at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia.

According to investigators, the perpetrators entered the Common Quarter Restaurant through the rear door and forced the employee, by gunpoint, into the office where the safe was located.  The employee, unable to open the safe, was forced into the cooler while the perpetrators took the safe and then exited the business in an unknown direction.

 

PERPETRATOR(S):     Black male, 5’09” tall, 180-190 pounds.  He was last seen wearing green cargo work pants, a navy blue jacket, work gloves and a black ski mask.  He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Black male, 5’11” tall, approximately 200 pounds.  No clothing description was able to be provided.  He was wearing a black ski mask and work gloves.  He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

 

 

East Cobb Crime Trends in October

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Thank you to the Cobb County Police Department, Precinct 4, for this information: 

 

Burglaries:

The residential jewelry burglaries in 417 Beat (Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill Rd area) from August to late September have stopped.  This may be credited to the investigative efforts of tracking down the rental vehicle to Ft. Lauderdale FL. and making contact with the lessee.   This has not led to the identity of the actual offender and the investigation is ongoing.

For the past 40 days our residential burglaries were scattered, with the highest amount in the south west part of Pct 4.  (Beat 416 and 414)

Entering Autos:

The apartment communities in the 416 Beat areas of Delk Rd and Bentley Rd had our highest number of Entering Autos the past 40 days.  That was followed by 415 Beat along the Roswell Rd corridor.

Catalytic Converter Thefts on Honda CR-V and Elements:

On 10/07 we had two thefts of Catalytic Converters from two Honda CR-Vs from apartment complexes on Roswell Rd.  City of Marietta also had at least two reports of thefts from Honda Elements.  Sandy Springs and Alpharetta have had similar thefts.

WHAT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CAN DO

Apartment communities are high traffic areas where at any given time people can be seen walking around.  If you see someone loitering or acting suspicious who may be involved in criminal activity do not hesitate to call 911 and have officers respond to check the situation.  Your eyes and involvement, even anonymous, can help us make arrests and clear cases.

The same goes for our housing communities.  We need your eyes and willingness to report criminal activity.

Remember your Target Hardening tips:

• Lock doors and windows.

• Set the alarm every time you leave.

• Post alarm signs and stickers.

• Keep garage doors closed and locked.

• Do not advertise on Social Media sites when you are away!

• Use outdoor lighting on a timer.

• Limit potential losses by using a safety deposit box.

• If someone knocks on your door DO NOT IGNORE THEM, yell through the door that you are not interested and that they need to leave.  Next call 911 and provide a description, ignoring them may result with your door getting kicked in!

 

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Cobb PD remind Residents to be Vigilant following Car Break Ins in East Cobb

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On Tuesday, September 24, there were two Entering Autos (Car Break Ins) at East Valley Elementary on Lower Roswell Road and one at East Side Elementary on Roswell Road. At each incident the offender broke out a window and took the victim’s purse that was left in open view as seen from the exterior of the vehicle. This occurred in the afternoon while picking up children from the schools.

There was no suspect seen to provide a lookout.

In addition, a series of unlocked vehicles were entered in apartment communities off Bentley Road and Delk Road overnight Sunday, September 22, and overnight Monday, September 23.

This is again a great reminder not to leave valuables in your vehicles when dropping off or picking up children at schools and daycare facilities.

When parking your vehicles overnight at home, make sure you lock your doors and remove your valuables. The next series could be in your neighborhood. Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons.

You may live in a “safe neighborhood” but you need to take these steps to keep it that way.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department)

 

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Cobb County Police to Present Seminars about Cyber Bullying, Social Media and Sexual Exploitation of Youth

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The Cobb County Police Department will host two separate seminars which will review cyber bullying, social media and sexual exploitation of youths. Due to the content of the seminar, this event is recommended for an adult audience. The seminars will be held on Thursday, August 22, from 7-9 pm, and Monday, August 26, from 7-9 pm at the Cobb County Safety Village on 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.

The seminars are free of charge, but for planning purposes, pre-registration is required.

If you are interested in attending a seminar, contact safetyeducation@cobbcounty.org or call 770-852-3270 to register.

For more information,visit: p4.police.cobbcountyga.gov for the PENS Dispatch, daily crime reports, crime stats, crime prevention and questions and answers.

 

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Armed robbery reported at East Cobb Arby’s

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The Cobb County Police Department’s Robbery Squad continues to investigate an armed robbery, which occurred at 2626 Sandy Plains Road, on July 3, 2013, at approximately 7:58pm.

According to detectives, a male entered the Arby’s and immediately went behind the counter and began demanding from the manager that they open the store safe.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the store manager, the offender fled the area in what was described as a (2 door) sedan with a dull red paint job.

The offender is described as a black male, 5’07-”5’09” tall, described as being in his late teens to early 20’s.  He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a blue “hoodie”, a black mask and a pair of black and white “Under Armour” gloves.  He was also carrying a blue and red backpack.  He was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

(Source: Cobb County Police Department)

 

 

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