City of Johns Creek, Georgia April 2011
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
PACT (Police and Community Together)

Now that the weather is turning nice and school will be out soon, it is time to keep an eye out for:
  • Car break-ins:  please take everything out of your cars parked outside. This includes computer cases, book bags, GPS and cell phone accessories, garage door openers, purses -- anything that might be of value. Call 9-1-1 about suspicious people driving or walking in the neighborhoods.
  • Teenagers hanging out at neighborhood club houses and vacant houses after dark:  please make sure your clubhouses stay locked after hours and alarms are working and monitored. If the clubhouse/pool closes at a certain time, visibly post that time at the entrance. Areas should be well lit so no one can hide. Also, watch vacant houses for teenage parties.
    The sooner teens learn they are not allowed to loiter at your clubhouse or vacant house, the more likely they will not make it a hang out spot. Please call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any loitering after hours. Remember, you can remain anonymous. It is best to have the exact address where the activity is taking place, or a good description of the property, so we can find it as quickly as possible.
  • Non-members hanging out at clubhouses/pools/tennis courts/basketball courts during open hours:  We get a lot of calls about this. For police to help you, such as issue a criminal trespass warning or ask someone to leave the property, a HOA board member or specific authorized representative MUST be on scene and ask the person(s) to leave before we can do anything. We will be happy to be with the representative when this occurs, just call 9-1-1.
Officer Mark Johnson
Community Services
Got drugs? 'National Take Back Day,' April 30
Got Drugs?
Get rid of your expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical drugs on Saturday, April 30, during National Take Back Day.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., anyone with expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medicines can turn them in anonymously for safe disposal at RBC Bank, 11758 Jones Bridge Road (just south of Sargent Road) in Johns Creek.
The event, sponsored by the JCPD, is designed to: reduce prescription drug abuse; reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering the water (DO NOT FLUSH DRUGS DOWN THE TOILET); help people comply with the law re disposal of prescription drugs.
For more information, please contact JCPD Community Services at
678-474-1587.
Prom night tips for parents
Prom Tips
Prom season has started, and parents can help make the special night, a safe and worry-free one by following these tips:
  • Make sure your child has a plan for the evening and that you know it.
  • Know all of the "hot spot" destinations.
  • Do not serve your teen and his/friends any alcohol under any circumstance.
  • Take stock of the alcohol in your home.
  • Know who's driving -- if it's a limo, check their policy on allowing alcohol in the vehicle.
  • Discuss the school's prom rules with your child and the consequences of violating them.
  • Encourage seatbelt use.
  • Do not rent hotel rooms for prom-goers.
  • Communicate with other parents and school officials.
  • Stay up until your prom-goer returns home.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
National Alcohol Awareness Month
The JCPD encourages Johns Creek residents to focus this month on preventing alcohol abuse and underage drinking in our community. You can do this by promoting safe or alcohol-free behaviors, and encouraging those you know who abuse alcohol to seek help.
For most adults, moderate drinking doesn't cause any serious health problems. If you choose to drink, here's what moderate means:
  Men: No more than 24 oz. beer, 10 oz. wine, or 3 oz. hard liquor.
  Women: No more than 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, 1.5 oz. hard liquor.
For the 7.4 million U.S. adults (aged 21-64) with alcohol abuse problems, however, there is no such thing as moderate drinking. Alcoholism can be fatal and there are many risks to heavy drinking.
Junior-Senior Wars: not a laughing matter
No toilet-papered trees!
The annual "junior-senior wars" are upon us, with homeowners across Johns Creek reporting some type of vandalism they suspected was done by local high school students playing pranks on each other.
From toilet-papered yards and broken windows to harassment of fellow students, the JCPD is taking the criminal acts seriously, and encourages parents to not condone them.
"It's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt," says Lt. Jason Harper. "We are urging students not to participate in pranks causing property damage, and urging their parents not to condone these acts."
U.S. teen alcohol & drug abuse on rise
teen drug choices
Following 10 years of decline, substance abuse by U.S. teens is on the rise, according to a new national study released this month. The study shows marked increases in marijuana (22%) and ecstasy
(67%) use over the last three years.
Other highlights:
  • Teens view drinking alcohol - even heavy drinking - as less risky than using other substances.
  • An estimated 709,000 U.S. youths age 12 to 14 currently drink alcohol, with the average age of first alcohol use as 14.
  • More than 100,000 get it from a parent or guardian.
  • A majority (73%) report having friends who drink alcohol at least once a week.
  • One in three (32%) said they drank "to forget their troubles."
The study also showed parents increasingly feel ill-equipped to respond their teens' substance abuse. One place to start is Time to Get Help, an online community for parents facing a child's addiction.
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
6,046
87
20
9
12
141

Top 5 intersections for accidents:
1. Abbotts Bridge & Medlock Bridge
2. Jones Bridge & Sargent
3. Jones Bridge & Old Alabama
4. Medlock Bridge & Hospital Pkwy
5. Medlock Bridge & Old Alabama
Most accidents were caused by following too closely and occurred on Thursdays during the day in clear weather. 7% reported injuries; there were no fatalities.
Burglaries (9): 3800 Old Alabama, Camden on the River, Ivey Ridge, Lakeview Estates, Linkwood, Madison Park, Rivermont Club, Rivermont Village, and Windgate.
Car break-ins (20): Bridgewater, Forest Lake (3), Glastonberry, Hartridge, Hayden's Walk, Kingston Crossing, Mallard Lake Estates, Morton Chase, Newtown Park, Preston Oaks (2), River Glen (2), Rivermont (2), The Ridge at Brumbelow, and Timberstone (2).
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