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PENS Bulletin

From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System


Welcome to the October Issue of the PENS bulletin for Precinct 5.  I hope everyone had a nice summer but I’m ready for the cooler temperatures of Fall.  The summer was a busy time for the Cobb County Police Department with the hiring the new Police Chief, Mike Register.  Read a biography on Chief Register.  

CURRENT CRIME TRENDS: Entering Autos continue to be a Major Issue in Precinct 5

Entering an Automobile for the purpose of stealing items of value inside is the most prevalent crime in the Precinct 5 Area.

This summer we saw an increase in Entering Autos in Cobb County.  In Precinct 5 this can be attributed to the local area schools being on summer break.  In the other Precincts in Cobb County a single “gang” out of Atlanta was responsible for the increase in Entering Autos. 

In Precinct 5 the Entering Autos occurred primarily in residential neighborhoods.  Most of the vehicles entered were unlocked and items of value were left inside.  These crimes occurred mostly between midnight and 7 am.        

To deter this activity you can do a few simple things. Please lock your car doors and remove items of value especially handguns. Security lights and cameras installed in the area where your car is parked also tends to deter these kinds of theft.


Crime Tips:  Burglary Prevention

In Precinct 5 Burglaries like many other crimes are crimes of opportunity.  Perpetrators tend ride around residential neighborhoods looking for items of value they can easily steal.  There are several ways you can make this harder for them.

  • Close your garage door if you’re not in the immediate area or not home.
  • Secure items of value that are outside or in a shed (lawn and power tools).
  • Don’t leave mail in your mail box or papers in your driveway when you’re out of town.
  • Use automatic, motion or remote lights inside and out when you’re not at home to make it look like someone’s there.   
  • Always keep a watchful eye for suspicious activity and talk to your neighbors about what’s going on in your neighborhood.
  • Call the police if you see anything suspicious. 


New Information:   

Precinct 5 will now be publishing information on Nextdoor.  This will allow us to disseminate information to residents in the Precinct 5 area real-time.  So I encourage everyone to join the site.  It’s free of charge!

Precinct 5 is happy to announce our new Community Engagement Officer Jamaar Hicks.  If you are having an HOA meeting, wish to start a Neighborhood Watch or have any community related questions, please contact Officer Hicks at, or call the precinct at (770) 499-4185.


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 and click on the SwiftReach icon.


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Thank you for your participation.

Sgt. JB Wade