From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System
Welcome to the October PENS, Police Email Notification System bulletin. This monthly 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
Trick or Treat Tips
Make sure your kids dress up safely
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
- Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision; a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free
- Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target. Parents should accompany children.
- Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks darting out into traffic.
- Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
- Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Last week on 10/08 several postal thefts occurred in the Echo Mill Subdivision. One of the victims saw a white SUV, possibly a Lincoln pull up to her mailbox and steal her mail. She said a black female with blond highlights was in the passenger seat and the driver was a black male.
Also, on 10/09 in the Tanner Lake Estates subdivision a female victim observed a black SUV, possibly a Cadillac Escalade occupied by a black male pull up to her mailbox reach out the window and take her mail.
On 10/10/18 around 3:15 pm there were 7 Entering Autos at the YMCA and two other businesses located on Dennis Kemp Lane. Video footage showed it was 3 suspects in a dark gray Ford Edge that smashed out windows and grabbed items from inside the cars.
Share this information and please follow the crime prevention tips below. It takes a combined effort to keep West Cobb the safest area in Cobb County.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Lock your doors, including the one from the garage
- Keep garage doors closed, and check them 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.
- Anti-Theft mailboxes with a special locking system
- Security Cameras
- Do not raise the mail flag
- Do not send cash, checks, or anything that has credit card information
Remember to CALL 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you see something, say something!
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.
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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