From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT 5 PENS Police Email Notification System
Welcome to the July 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
Back to School Safety
That’s right! The first day of school for Cobb County is already next week, Wed, Aug 1st.
- Make plans to adjust your daily commute and leave the house early to make it to your destinations on time.
- SLOW DOWN while driving through school safety zones.
- SLOW DOWN while driving through neighborhoods with children at bus stops.
- Supervise young children at bus stops. Call 911 if you ever see suspicious persons or vehicles
- Have a stranger danger conversation with young children who will be walking or standing at bus stops.
- Latch key kids, who make it home off the bus before parents are home from work, need to be told what to do if a stranger knocks on the door. (Never open the locked door/say parents are present yet unavailable)
- STOP for school buses.
- When meeting or overtaking from either direction, STOP for school buses when displaying the visual signals to stop. You do not have to stop if the bus is on the opposite side of a divided highway.
- Code Section 40-6-163 was amended this year. It changed the definition of a divided highway from a raised median to now include turn lanes:
(b) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways or a divided highway, including, but not limited to, a highway divided by a turn lane, need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway or on another half of a divided highway, or upon a controlled access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.
- What this means is you no longer have to stop for a stopped school bus that is on the opposite side of the roadway when divided with a center turn lane, like on Powder Springs Rd.
Last chance to help children in need; donate book bag and adopt pet for free
It's hard to believe that school will start soon, but you still have a chance to help local children start the year off ready to learn with the school supplies they need. The Cobb Police Department's Community Affairs Unit is accepting donations through Saturday, July 28, for Book Bag-Palooza. Donations can include new book bags, paper, folders, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and markers. They can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday at any of the Cobb precincts or headquarters. If a business or club collects a large amount of school items, one of the Community Affairs' officers will be happy to arrange pick up. For more information, call Sgt. Jeff Tatroe at (770) 499-3981.
Cobb Animal Services staff has joined in with a special offer for this week only. Through Saturday, July 28, your pet adoption fee will be waived if you bring a new, unused book bag. This applies to all pets 1 year old or older and already spayed or neutered. The animal shelter is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.
CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Our Entering Autos in neighborhoods have increased in the area south of Macland Rd. Don’t let your guard down and call 911 when you hear or see anything suspicious lurking around in the middle of the night. Continue to follow our crime prevention tips below.
The organized crime group that has targeted vehicles at Lost Mountain Park for a few vehicles last month broke into two more vehicles on Thursday 7/12. These are occurring during daytime hours at parks and other locations likely for victims to leave their purses and wallets in the vehicles. Some of them were unlocked vehicles and others were smashed windows when the purses were left in open view. The criminals immediately use the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards. They will also commit fraudulent bank transactions using any stolen checks.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Lock your doors, including the one from the garage
- Keep garage doors closed
- 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!
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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