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East Cobb Crime Trends: Theft of Landscape Equipment on the Rise

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Cobb County Police have had three reports in the past week involving the theft of landscape equipment from landscaping companies parked on the roadway while servicing yards.  One occurred off Allgood Rd on August 22, another on Hidden Lake Ct. on August 22 and an attempt off Oak Lane west of Johnson Ferry Rd on August 25.

Suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray Honda Civic with accident damage on its rear passenger side, loud muffler, occupied by 2 or 3 black males.   

Additional description of one of the suspects:   Black male, age 18-20, height 6’00” with skinny build and a Mohawk colored reddish/orange.  

Entering Autos are occurring at the Federal Parks along the Chattahoochee River and at some county parks.  Wallets with credit cards are being taken left behind in the vehicles. 

Entering Autos and Burglaries are also occurring in the apartment communities off Delk Rd and Terrell Mill.  

The seven Business Burglaries along Powers Ferry Rd in July were solved with an arrest made by morning watch officers and follow up by detectives.  In August we have had several businesses hit overnight along Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry area with rocks being thrown in smash and grab style burglaries.  Suspect is a younger male undetermined race wearing a bandana and wearing a black long sleeve shirt and gloves. 

(Source: Cobb County Police Precint #4) 

 

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Police investigating armed robbery at 5th/3rd Bank on Roswell Road

The Cobb County Police Department’s Robbery Squad is investigating an armed robbery, which occurred at 2100 Roswell Road on July 22, 2014, at approximately 6:30pm.  

According to investigators, the suspect entered the 5th/3rd Bank, which is located inside the Kroger, and stated that he had a handgun and demanded money from the teller.  The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.  He was last seen running eastbound through the parking lot.

 

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 40’s to early 50’s.  He is approximately 5’05”-5’07” tall with a thin build.  He had a salt and pepper “scruffy” beard.  He was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray shirt with blue sleeves, light colored shorts, sunglasses and a black baseball cap with a Georgia Bulldog logo on the front.  Suspect stated that he was armed with a gun however he never displayed one.

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

(Source: Cobb County Public Information Department)

Hot Topic: Leaving Children in Vehicles

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In light of the heartbreaking incident of the child left in the vehicle in Cobb County, there is an importance to discuss preventing such a tragedy. 

In 2013, 44 children across the USA died as a result of vehicle-related heat deaths, according to KidsandCars.org, a non-profit child safety organization that monitors news sites and police reports involving children and vehicle accidents. Statistics also show that 13 other children in the U.S. died so far this year after being left in vehicles. Source USA Today.

Prevention:

Not getting into the reasons or the debate of how this can happen or whether it may be unintentional or not, the facts are that it does happen. Even if it only happens to one child, there is a need to be aware and prevent it. Research provided on WEB MD states there is no safe amount of time to leave a child in a vehicle, even a few minutes can be extremely dangerous.

• Take action! Whenever you find yourself in a parking lot and happen to see a child seat in a parked vehicle, take a few seconds to take a look and make sure a child is not left unattended. Your immediate call to 911 can save a child! 

• Change of routine? Keep in mind to check on the person responsible for dropping off the child during the stressful morning routine, especially if they are not normally the one to do so. Maybe you can set up with your day care to call you if your expected child is not dropped off. 

• Always lock your vehicles, like in your own driveway where children may lock themselves in the car. Keep your keys and key fobs out of reach of young children. Note: This will also prevent thefts!

• Create reminders. Place something you need at your next stop where you will have to look at the child in the car seat. This is especially crucial for the rear facing infant car seats. 

Again, the importance is in the prevention so there is no need for having to figure out why it happened.

(Source: Cobb County Police, PENS report)

 

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Make plans to attend the July PENS meeting

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The July PENS meetings will be on Tuesday, July 29, at 10am and again on Thursday, July 31, at 7pm.  Residents are encouraged to attend to receive the regular update from Criminal Investigations Pct 4 on current crime trends, recent arrest updates and crime prevention.  This is also a great networking opportunity for the homeowner associations and businesses in the East Cobb area to share crime and safety ideas.

Officer K. Ashbaugh will be the featured guest speaker. He will be presenting on the new gun laws that went into effect on July 1st.

The meeting will be held in the A, B, and C conference rooms at the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta GA 30067.

If you need directions please call Teresa Hayes at 770-499-3962 or 770-499-4184.

The meetings are always best with refreshments, if your HOA or business is interested in providing refreshments, please contact Teresa Hayes.

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Spike in Entering Autos in East Cobb

Cobb County Police would like residents to be aware of a spike in Entering Autos (car break ins) in the East Cobb area this month.  On June 10a PENS alert was sent out to the East Cobb PENS representatives alerting to Entering Autos in the 417 Beat area in neighborhoods south of Paper Mill Road. 

There were additional multiple Entering Autos on Thursday night, June 19, in the area off Powers Road and Johnson Ferry Road.  The majority of the vehicles were left unlocked.  Some of those incidents involved entering vehicles parked in open garages which makes them a Burglary.  Golf clubs and sporting equipment were targeted.

On Sunday night, June 22, multiple autos were entered in neighborhoods off Powers Ferry Road near Little Road to include Salem Woods in 416 Beat.  Again the majority of the vehicles were left unlocked

If you live in these areas and saw any suspects please call Pct 4 at 770-499-4184 and provide the information for detectives.

The good news is that this is a preventable crime. This is a reminder for everyone to remove valuables and lock your vehicles, especially when parked on your own driveway. If you are planning to enjoy the summer weather at any of the parks or area fitness clubs, don’t bring any unnecessary valuables with you. If you decide to bring any valuables, including items that may appear to contain valuables, place them in your trunk prior to arriving so no one watches you place it there. 

 

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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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