City of Johns Creek, Georgia March 2010
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
PACT (Police and Community Together)


Dear residents,

The JCPD is part of the newly formed Fulton County Multi-jurisdictional Burglary Task Force, which recently busted a $2 million internet-based burglary ring based in Suwanee and Lawrenceville.

"Thirty to 40 percent of property stolen in Fulton County ends up being sold on the internet," said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. A bad economy is making the problem worse.

We had 204 burglaries in Johns Creek in 2009. Most residential burglaries occurred during the day and most on Fridays and Mondays.

When a burglar drives down your street "canvassing" the area he is looking for the best opportunity he can find. Burglars assess their chances of being caught by looking at the obstacles that face them, they want easy fast access. The more difficult you make it the more likely you will not be a victim.

  • Are all doors locked? Easily kicked in? Reinforce door frames/install deadlocks/install break resistant glass in doors. Secure sliding glass doors with an extra lock. Change codes immediately on new garage door openers.

  • Are windows secured? Don't have trees, shrubs, or bushes blocking the view of windows. Burglars want concealment, keep it open. Close your blinds, the less they can see in the better.

  • Lighting can be a deterrent. Have motion sensors place around your home. Use timers when you're out of town. Use times on your TV; the key is to make your house look lived in.

  • Alarms are deterrents. If you don't have an alarm try to get some stickers or yard sticks from someone who does, the burglar doesn't know it. Think about having a large dog or a "beware of dog" sign with a large dog dish in the back yard. Audible alarms can scare away a burglar.

  • Having an observant neighbor can be one of the most effective ways of protection. I can't tell you how many times I would answer a burglary call and the victim would tell me that their neighbor saw someone and didn't bother to call the police. If something looks wrong, start asking questions and call 911 to request officer assistance.

  • If you are going out of town make your house look lived in. Have your neighbor pick up your paper and your mail every day. Think like a burglar, walk around your house and look for possible entry points. What would you do if you needed to break in? Request a Vacation Watch.

  • It is VERY IMPORTANT to write down the make, model and serial numbers of all your items. Take pictures of your jewelry and valuables. If your property is stolen, this information will help police identify your property if it's recovered.

  Stay safe,

Sgt. Debra Kalish
Community Services

P.S.  If you received this copy from someone else, sign up here to get your own copy each month.

Synthetic pot on local scene
synthetic pot

If you hear your teen mention "spice," it might not be basil or oregano they're talking about. It could be an herbal mixture they're smoking to get high. And it's legal!

Sold at local smoke shops in foil packets labeled "Spice Gold," "Spice Silver," "Spice Diamond," "K2" and "Yucatan Fire," the olive-colored plant material inside is produced in China and Korea and sprayed with a synthetic chemical similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Available through the internet since 2006, the mixture is increasingly being sold in local shops. Last month, a group of teens were rushed to North Fulton Regional Hospital after smoking K2. The Georgia Poison Center reports two dozen teens since January with severe side effects from smoking K2: racing heart, seizures, and unconsciousness.

Legislation to outlaw the sale and possession of "synthetic pot" in Georgia is currently being considered.

Teen alcohol & drug abuse on rise
pills & alcohol

After a 10-year-decline in teen alcohol and drug abuse, a new national study shows more teen abuse from exposure at parties and social situations.

According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the number of teens in grades 9-12 that used alcohol in the past month has grown by 11 percent (from 35 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2009), past year Ecstasy use shows a 67 percent increase (from 6 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2009), and past year marijuana use shows a 19 percent increase (from 32 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2009).

The JCPD encourages parents of children who are using drugs or alcohol to take action quickly. For details about the JCPD's Underage Drinking Diversion Program, contact Community Policing Services at 678-474-1587 or

Internet crime increases; $559M online fraud in 2009
Internet target

Online crime complaints increased substantially once again last year, according to the recently released 2009 Annual Report on Internet Crime from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The center received a total of 336,655 complaints, a 22.3 percent increase from 2008. The total loss linked to online fraud was $559.7 million; this is up from $265 million in 2008.

If you have been a victim of internet fraud, please contact the JCPD at
678-474-1600, and also file a complaint at the IC3.

Public input on JCPD accreditation: April 26

The Johns Creek community is invited to participate Monday, April 26, in the JCPD's on site-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

A public information session will be held at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom at 11445 Johns Creek Parkway. If you cannot attend, you can call 678-474-1608 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. that day to offer comments to the CALEA Assessment Team.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the JCPD's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at JCPD Headquarters. For more information, please contact JCPD Commander Cheri Pickard at 678-474-1575.

Scam alerts
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
Traffic accidents

Top 5 roads for accidents:    

1. Medlock Bridge
2. Jones Bridge
3. State Bridge
4. Abbotts Bridge
5. McGinnis Ferry

Top 5 intersections for accidents:

1. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
2. Medlock Bridge & Jones Bridge
3. Abbotts Bridge & Boles Road
4. Medlock Bridge & Abbotts Bridge
5. Old Alabama & Haynes Bridge

Burglaries (17): Abberley Township, Abbotts Village, Addison Place Apts., Alpha Computer (Abbotts Bridge Rd.), Ayelesbury Farms, Brookdale, Caswyck Trace, Cauley Creek, Century at State Bridge, Grove Point, Haynes Market, Hunter's Close, Kroger (Old Alabama Rd.), Public Storage (State Bridge Rd.), Sugar Mill, The Enclave at Johns Creek, and The Gates.

Car break-ins (12): Brookstead, Cambridge, Hayden's Walk, Lafferty Animal Clinic, Medlock Bridge, Mt. Pisgah Church, Nesbit Place, residence on Aqueduct Court, residence on Brunson Drive, Timberstone, and Wentworth.


Home  |  About  |  Services  |  News  |  Schools  |  Community  |  Business  |  Online Services  |  A-Z Index  |  Contact Us