THE PENS DISPATCH
From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 4 PENS Police Email Notification System
MONTHLY EDITION - OCTOBER 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the October edition of THE PENS DISPATCH. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 4 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU4) and is designed to keep you aware of safety alerts and crime trends in your area and measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.
This is personally my favorite time of the year. Cooler weather is ahead and the decorations for Fall are on every street. Those of us with children look forward to Halloween and the fun costumes that make an appearance each year. With trick or treaters about to hit the neighborhoods, please remember some of the common safety tips for Halloween:
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
- Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- When selecting, a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Planning your Halloween route is a very good idea for parents to ensure their children are visiting houses that are appropriate for trick or treating. A good resource is the Georgia Sex Offender Registry. It can be searched by zip code or a specific mileage from a specific address. A map can be viewed pin-pointing the location of a registered sex offender that may live in your area. You can also sign up for community notifications, which will alert the user when a sex offender registers an address near them.
We want our Cobb County community to have a safe and happy Halloween and taking the aforementioned precautions will assist in limiting the vulnerability of our little goblins.
PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH
Cobb County Camera Registry
The Cobb County Police Camera Registration program is a police/community video partnership that operates on a voluntary basis with homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners who own private video surveillance systems. We encourage both businesses and residents to register their cameras online by completing the form below. This program is intended to let our officers know where cameras are active in the county in case a crime occurs. It is not intended for active surveillance, and officers will not have direct access to homeowners' cameras. Those who register a camera will be contacted if a crime occurs in the vicinity of that camera. Information provided by residents and businesses will be maintained in a secure database.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION
Cobb Department of Public Safety staff is 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.
Everyone can sign up for PENS alerts and monthly bulletins.
Send an email to our administrative specialist, Teresa Hayes, to request to be a PENS Representative. Teresa.Hayes@cobbcounty.org
PENS is now working in coordination with Nextdoor.com to reach out to more of the East 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
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
September was a pretty good month for criminal activity in Precinct Four. We saw a reduction in Residential Burglaries, Business Burglaries, and Entering Autos. However, these incidents are still occurring. The uniformed officers and detectives still have been very busy proactively fighting crime. In September, there were 154 arrests total in Precinct Four. Five of those arrests were for Aggravated Assault, 16 DUI arrests, 36 Wanted Persons were located and arrested, and 35 arrests for Violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act. These officers are doing a great job and we appreciate all the community’s support.
If there are any suspicious persons witnessed call the 911 Emergency Line to report it. This allows an officer to respond in a timely manner and check on the situation. Reporting suspicious vehicles on social media is becoming a common occurrence, but many go unreported to police. Please do not hesitate to contact 911 if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood. It is rare a police officer coincidentally rolls up on a crime in progress. Generally, the only time this occurs is because of a tip from a concerned citizen who called 911 and got an officer dispatched.
Share this information and please follow the crime prevention tips below. It takes a combined effort to keep East Cobb the safest area in Cobb County.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Lock your doors, including the one from the garage
- Keep garage doors closed-check before bed every night
- Motion sensor activated lighting
- Surveillance cameras
- Entering Auto Prevention
- Lock your vehicles and remove items of value and items that appear to contain valuables.
- If you can’t keep them with you, secure your valuables in the trunk before reaching your location.
- Keep your vehicle locked and your purse or wallet on your person while fueling at the gas station.
- Remember to CALL 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you see something, say something!
Thanks for your participation.
Remain Safe and Vigilant!