THE PENS DISPATCH
From the Criminal Investigations Unit at Precinct I
Police Email Notification System
Welcome to the Spring edition of THE PENS DISPATCH. This bulletin is brought to you from the Precinct I Criminal Investigations Unit and is designed to keep you aware of crime trends in your area and tips on measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.
PENS MEETING ALERT
Date: May 10, 2018
Cobb County Police Precinct 1
2380 Cobb PKWY
Kennesaw, GA 30152
No RSVP required.
Topics: The topic of discussion will be a presentation on Suspicious Packages and Improvised Explosive Devices by C.I.U. #1’s own resident bomb tech Sgt. J. T. Mobley.
TOPIC OF THE MONTH: PREVENTING LAWN EQUIPMENT THEFTS
It appears that winter has run its course and spring is upon us. With the return of pleasant weather more people will be out working in their yards and gardens. Here are some tips on keeping thieves from stealing your equipment.
- Store your lawn equipment in a locked storage area.
- When using the equipment do not leave it unattended for extended periods of time.
- Stay vigilant; a common tactic for crooks is to have one person distract the victim while an accomplice steals the equipment.
- Record your serial numbers of the lawn equipment. If it is taken this is the best way aid in recovering it.
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS: SLIDERS
“Sliding” or “Sliders” are terms used to describe suspects engaged in particular style of car break ins and motor vehicle thefts. This type of theft usually happens at a gas station where the suspects target a victim that is fueling his vehicle. As the victim is outside their car and distracted by the fueling process the suspect(s) aka “sliders” sneak up to the vehicle and slide into the passenger area where they either steal the victim’s purse or wallet, etc or actually steal the car.
Reports of “Sliding” have been on the rise in the metro area. Although in the Precinct 1 area we have had few of these incidents reported, one must always be cognizant of their surroundings. Make sure to lock your car doors when you are not in it, and don’t leave it running even with it secured with a key fob. If something makes you feel nervous, go to another station to get gas, and If you see suspicious activity please call 911 for proper investigation.
RECEIVE REAL TIME EMERGENCY ALERTS
Cobb Department of Public Safety staff are working to enhance the delivery of near real-time information to residents about incidents that may have significant and/or imminent impacts on their safety or welfare. DPS has implemented the SwiftReach Swift911 notification system to distribute these types of alerts.
SwiftReach is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations including severe weather, missing and endangered persons or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents in the local area. The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. The system uses a publicly-available list of phone numbers that can be removed or updated by both residents and businesses.
There are two simple options to opt-in and provide contact information for this service. A sign up portal is available on the Police, Fire, EMA and Public Safety pages on the Cobb County website. Residents can also get the Swift911 Mobile App by texting the word “Swift911” to “99538.” The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store. SwiftReach is another example of using current technology to ensure residents receive vital information from the Department of Public Safety. For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety page at www.cobbcounty.org and click on the SwiftReach icon.
PENS is now working in coordination with Nextdoor.com to reach out to more of the Cobb Community. You will receive our monthly bulletins and other immediate crime trends with the direct communication between us and your neighborhoods. Sign up at Nextdoor.com
This concludes the Spring PENS Bulletin. Please continue to stay involved, stay vigilant, and help look out for your neighbors!