City of Johns Creek, Georgia November 2008
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
PACT (Police and Community Together)

678-474-1587 
JCPDcommsvcs@JohnsCreekGA.gov 


Dear residents,

The Holidays are coming; don't make yourself an easy victim!

All women should remember to "hold on to your purse" while shopping at the mall or grocery. If you have a tendency to set it down (like I do), leave it at home. Put your money or credit cards in your pocket instead.

Every time I go to the grocery I see women leave their purses in their carts, not paying attention. Even if you think you're watching it, professional thieves will intentionally distract you so their partner can steal your wallet. Most victims don't even know they are victims until they get to the register to pay for their groceries.

Keep in mind it's the holiday season and many people are stressed and in a rush. If someone cuts you off in traffic, give the person a break. Don't forget we all have done that before!

Keep an eye out for one another and report suspicious activity:  call 9-1-1.

Sgt. Debbie Kalish
Community Oriented Policing Services

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Campaign:  Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
Gerry Lewis with his KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25 signage
Gerry Lewis, a resident of DoubleGate, poses with signs and trash bin decals from KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25®
seen throughout his neighborhood.

Do you know most speeders on your street live in your neighborhood? It's not unusual for speeds to be clocked at 40 or 50 mph on residential streets clearly marked 25 mph.

With that in mind, one Johns Creek neighborhood -- DoubleGate -- joined the nation-wide awareness campaign KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® to crack down on speeding in its neighborhood.

"It's really simple, a no-brainer. There's no training or formal meetings required. It's simply spreading the awareness. I've gotten calls from friends in other neighborhoods asking me how to get started, once they saw what we were doing," said Gerry Lewis, a DoubleGate resident.

The most visible aspect is placement of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® stickers on the sides of residential trash cans. When trash bins are placed on driveways for pick-up, they get the message to "Slow Down" across pretty effectively.

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25

The program is run by a non-profit -- visit http://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/ -- that charges a minimal fee for stickers, yard and metal entrance signs. The signs and stickers remind all drivers in your neighborhood to slow down for your kids' sake!

The program is completely voluntary, and is endorsed by both the Johns Creek Police and Public Works departments. The City will install the metal signs for you, if you choose to go that route. Just call Public Works at 678-512-3200 to set a time. There is no charge for the installation.

KEEP KIDS ALIVE Drive 25® is a trademark of KEEP KIDS ALIVE Drive 25, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization, PO Box 45563 Omaha, NE, 68145 used with permission. No other entities may use this mark without prior permission. For information, please call 402-334-1391.

 
Holiday Shopping Safety
cash from a wallet

The beginning of the traditional Holiday shopping season, "Black Friday," is just days away. While holiday shopping is a lot of fun, people are more vulnerable to theft because they often become careless. Even though you're rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert! Criminals target people who are distracted, so make sure you're not!

The following Safety Tips are offered for the safety and security of Johns Creek residents while shopping this holiday season. Please share them with family and friends.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, particularly when approaching or leaving your vehicle.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area and avoid parking next to vans or trucks with camper shells.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
  • Do not leave packages on the seats of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. Whenever possible, place items out of sight in your trunk prior to reaching your destination.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If you must carry a large sum of money, divide the cash between your purse, pockets and wallet.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card whenever possible.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record at home of all of your credit card numbers.
  • Teach your child to stay close to you at all times while shopping; show them in advance how to go to a store clerk and ask for help if you get separated.
 
"Drive Safer Sunday"
Drive Safer Sunday

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest highway traffic day of the year. With increased accidents and fatalities, the day has become known as "Drive Safer Sunday," thanks to a resolution co-authored by Georgia's U.S. senator Saxby Chambliss.

"It is my hope that this resolution will resonate in the minds of all holiday travelers and result in a significant decrease in injuries and fatalities this Sunday after Thanksgiving," said Chambliss.

The resolution was made in honor of Cullum Owings, a Georgia college student who died in 2002 in an interstate traffic accident on his way back to college after Thanksgiving. His Atlanta-based parents started Road Safe America to bring awareness of the hazards of highway travel and provide statistics and safety tips to drivers.

 
Busy season for criminals: be 'Street Smart'
old, dirty street


'Tis the season to get "Street Smart:"  recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations and leaving dangerous situations before they escalate. "Street Smarts" are based on the following principles:

  • Trust your intuition, and act on it.
    When you sense that a situation could be bad, it usually is dangerous.
  • Protect your personal space.
    A confident and decisive attitude provides a barrier, protecting your personal space.
  • Maintain a degree of healthy distrust.
    Ask yourself first, do I really have good reason to trust this person? Giving people the benefit of the doubt is a standard of social politeness. However, expecting that people should earn our trust is a safer standard.
  • Be prepared.
    Imagine a "bad guy" walking up to you and trying to steal your purse. What is your plan, how will you react, where is your escape route?
 
Crime and Traffic information
 
Crime Stats - October 2008
Total calls for service
Total arrests
DUIs
Traffic accidents
2,832
140
15
184

Top 5 Johns Creek Intersections for Accidents:

1.  State Bridge and Medlock Bridge roads
2.  Medlock Bridge and Abbotts Bridge roads
3.  State Bridge and Kimball Bridge roads
4.  McGinnis Ferry Road and Technology Circle
5.  Old Alabama and Haynes Bridge roads

Most accidents occur Friday evening. Following too closely is the leading cause in Johns Creek. 26.67% of all accidents result in injuries; 33% of these result in fatalities.

October residential burglaries:  The Reserve at Wellington, Windsong Trace, St. Ives Country Clubhouse, Chelsea Ridge Apartments, Timberland, Camden River Apartments (2), Alara Apartments (2), David Weekly Homes, St. Amour, Clear Springs Baptist Church, Addison Place Apartments, Hampton Square and Cambridge.

October car break-ins:  Johns Creek Village, Chattahoochee National Recreation Area (Jones Bridge Unit), Ocee Park, Shakerag Elementary School, Cambridge (2), Jones Bridge Plantation, Laurel Ridge (3), River Ridge (3), Parsons Run, Chattahoochee High School, Newton Park (2), Medlock Crossing Shopping Center, Findley Oaks Elementary School, Hayden's Walk (2), High Gate (3), Donamere, Abbotts Bridge Place, Target Store, Windsong Trace and Carriage Park (2).

 

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