Cobb Police PENS (Police E-mail Notification System)
Welcome to the December edition of the Pens Bulletin brought to you by the Cobb County Police Criminal Investigations Unit at Precinct Two.
Public Safety Topic(s) of the Month
Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
With the holiday season here we need to take some precautions to safeguard ourselves and decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim. Below are some tips to help:
- Be aware of your surroundings and other shoppers or citizens. If something or someone seems suspicious it probably is. When in doubt seek help.
- Park in well-lit areas and park as close to the entrance of the store as you can.
- Don’t talk on a cell phone when walking to and from your vehicle. This is a distraction and can make you vulnerable.
- If you are ready to leave the store and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay and ask for a security escort or contact the police for assistance.
- Don't fumble for house or car keys. Have them in your hand, ready to use when you reach the door.
- ALWAYS lock your car and residence, even if you are away for only a few moments.
- Do not leave valuables - gifts, cell phones, purse or clothing - in open view in your car. Put them in the trunk, or take them along with you. This is the time of the year when thieves do their own form of "window shopping." They look in parked cars for gifts and other merchandise, and they will break through car windows to get at such valuables.
- If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers. An overstuffed mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, and burglars are tempted to check those envelopes for holiday gifts.
- It's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others' generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door or approaching you in a parking lot for charitable donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.
These are just a few tips but there are many more available by searching online. Just remember to always be alert and use common sense in securing yourself, your house and your vehicle.
Our detectives have been working hard at making arrests this past month. We have cleared 25 cases by arrest with 10 people charged. Please remain vigilant and we will continue to investigate crimes and charge those responsible.
This will be my last PENS update. I am transferring to Internal Affairs. Lt. Yeager will be taking over as the Criminal Investigations Commander at Precinct 2. He will be able to be reached at 770-499-4169. He can also be reached at Eric.Yeager@cobbcounty.org or at Precinct2Pens@cobbcounty.org. Thank you for your support and stay safe.
Community Affairs Officers for Precinct 2
Officers Penirelli and Deloach and Reyes are assigned as the Community Affairs officers serving the community in Precinct 2.
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.
Police Athletic League
Cobb County is very proud of its Police Athletic League. If you have not heard about it, please follow the link below.
Cobb PAL focuses on juvenile crime prevention through athletic and recreational activities for Cobb County’s high-risk neighborhoods, primarily in South Cobb. There are many ways that you can help, whether it be spreading the word, getting your children involved, volunteering your time and resources or donating money. Every little bit helps.
To sign up for the Police Email Notification system visit Cobb County Police PENS and click on subscribe.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at Precinct2Pens@cobbcounty.org
Thank you for your participation.
Lt. B.T. Trulove
Sgt. M. Nerbonne
Sgt. L. White