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

678-474-1587 
JCPDcommsvcs@JohnsCreekGA.gov 

Thanksgiving traffic safety
traffic accident

Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday period of the year... it's also the most dangerous.

To help assure your safety on the road, follow these important steps:

  • Make sure you and all your passengers have buckled your seatbelts
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Don't speed
  • Don't follow too closely
  • Give tractor trailer trucks plenty of room

"Remember these things, and give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you're going, that's the best advice we can give," says Sgt. Ronnie Young, head of the JCPD Traffic Safety Unit.

This year, the official 102 hour Thanksgiving holiday period will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th and run through midnight on Sunday the 28th.

 
JCPD partners with Crime Stoppers Atlanta
Crime Stoppers Atlanta

At the core of creating a safe community is crime prevention. The JCPD has now joined with Crime Stoppers Atlanta in working to identify the people committing crimes across Metro Atlanta and getting them off the street.

The anonymous information provided through CSA can help Johns Creek Police in its investigations, and can play a major role in the apprehension of criminals and in securing convictions.

Browse CSA's online database of wanted criminals, share the information via Facebook and Twitter to alert friends. You can also follow CSA on Twitter, @StopCrimeATL, and Facebook, or search for the latest popularly voted news on DIGG.

Submit anonymous tips at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org, 404-577-8477 (TIPS), or text to CRIMES (274637). Providing an anonymous tip could result in a reward of up to $2,000.

 
Protecting yourself against skimming
a credit card skimmer

Your credit and debit cards hold more information about you and your money than most people realize and criminals have found ways to exploit that by "skimming" your cards.

Skimming is a process by which the account information that is electronically stored on the magnetic stripe of a credit card or debit card is illegally copied when you use your cards at restaurants, stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets.

Using a small, inexpensive, electronic device (about the size of a pager) criminals are able to get your personal identification number (PIN) and use it to produce counterfeit cards, withdraw cash, and make unauthorized purchases.

Read more about skimming.

 
Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20
www.bullycourse.com

Bullying is not just a part of growing up. It's an abusive behavior that is thriving with the internet and texting, and it has serious consequences for all involved.

In 2010, the Georgia General Assembly modified its 1999 anti-bullying law, expanding the definition of bullying and mandating all schools to have age-appropriate, anti-bullying disciplines in place for all grade levels by August 2011.

Over the 2009-2010 academic year, the Georgia Dept. of Education surveyed students in public and private schools (6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades): 16 percent of students reported being bullied at schools in the last 30 days; 33 percent reported being picked on or teased at school in the last 30 days; and 25 percent did not feel safe at school.

Holiday shopping safety
distracted shopper

Help reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime during the holidays. Being prepared is the best defense, so keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Don't leave expensive items or packages in sight in your parked car.
  • Shop during daylight hours, when you can.
  • Park in a well-lit, highly trafficked area of the mall or parking lot.
  • Always lock your car, close the windows and shut your sunroof, when you park your car.
  • Don't shop while distracted; leave yourself plenty of time; don't talk on cell or dig for keys when approaching your parked car.
  • Report any activity that seems suspicious. Let mall security know. Or if you need an immediate response, call 911. Don't try and investigate the behavior yourself.
 
Beware of "scareware"
scareware

Don't click on those pop-up messages telling you your computer is infected with a virus. The FBI says that few Internet security companies use ads to tell you about a virus.

Most of these pop-ups are scams and they even have a name - "scareware" - because they try to frighten you into purchasing fake antivirus software.

If you click, it could compromise your computer by installing malicious software. Sometimes, the software downloads automatically. Sometimes cyber criminals masquerade as legitimate companies and buy ads on other websites. Read more.

If you think you've been victimized by "scareware," call 911 and then file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

 
Crime & traffic information for last month
 
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
6,112
93
13
9
18
143

Top 5 intersections for accidents:

1. State Bridge & Medlock Bridge
2. Abbotts Bridge & Jones Bridge
3. Abbotts Bridge & Medlock Bridge
4. Medlock Bridge & Medlock Crossing
5. State Bridge & Jones Bridge

Most accidents in October were caused by following too closely and occurred on Friday evenings. There were no fatalities. Of the accidents reported, 27% reported injuries.

Burglaries (9): Fresco Art Galerie and Café, Blackstone (2), Chelsea Ridge, Kingston Crossing, Medlock Bridge, River Club, Sugarmill, and Village @ Warsaw.

Car break-ins (13): 5805 State Bridge Road, Aylesbury Farms, Hillgate, Metro PCS, Oxford Mill, Newtown Park (5), Regal Cinema (2), and Rivermont.

 

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