From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System
Welcome to the April PENS, Police Email Notification System, update from Precinct 5. This bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 5 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU5) 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.
PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH
Mail Theft Prevention
We have had a few recent reports of mail stolen from residential mailboxes. Credit cards are being stolen and used fraudulently. If you were unaware, the Post Office offers the ability to email you with a preview of your incoming mail daily. You may then be aware sooner of a potential theft.
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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service also offers the following tips;
Here's what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
- Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
- Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
- If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
- If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
- Don’t send cash in the mail.
- Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
- Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
- Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes).
- Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.
If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3).
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Entering Autos have decreased in the West Cobb area, yet this does not allow for us to let our guard down. Continue to lock your car doors and remove items of value.
As it was mentioned above, there were a few mail thefts on Pine Springs Dr. off Pine Mountain Cir. Near Kennesaw Due West in the afternoon hours on 4/02. One of the reports was made by a resident who saw the suspect open the mailbox and take items out and threw them back in once the resident came to the door. The suspect out of the vehicle was described only as a black male age 20-40 wearing a dark shirt. He was driving a black 4 door Audi with a GA tag. There was fraudulent activity that occurred in Las Vegas NV. We are sharing investigative information with the Postal Inspectors in an effort to identify the suspect(s).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
When we are enjoying lower crime rates, as we are currently, do not become complacent. Prevent Entering Autos by removing items of value, and items that appear to contain valuables. Prevent your neighborhood from appearing like an easy target by keeping garage doors closed, use security lighting and have some type of video recording device.
We recovered a trailer and lawn equipment recently and were unable to locate the owner. This serves as a reminder to label your lawn equipment and trailers, to help in any recovery effort if ever stolen.
Remember to CALL 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you see something, say something!
YOU ARE INVITED
Our next PENS Meeting will be held here in the front community room at Precinct 5, (4640 Dallas Hwy) on Tuesday May 1st at 7 PM. We will discuss current trends and crime prevention particular to the West Cobb area, directly from your Criminal Investigations Unit at Precinct 5.
Our guest speaker will be Officer J.J. Hicks with the Community Affairs Unit. He will be the one to ask about neighborhood watch and other community needs.
Please RSVP to Connie Burson by email email@example.com
STAY UP TO DATE WITH CRITICAL INFORMATION
Cobb Department of Public Safety (DPS) 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.
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.
If you have not already signed up to receive the monthly PENS updates, please subscribe. Feel free to forward this e-mail to your HOA members and local businesses.
Remain Safe and Vigilant,
Det. Lieutenant T. A. Nelson
Det. Sergeant W.R. Pettitt
Det. Sergeant R.E. Hecksher
Criminal Investigation Unit Pct. 5
4640 Dallas Highway
Powder Springs, GA 30127