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

Identity theft and credit card fraud are prevalent everywhere - including Johns Creek. Here are some simple steps to protect yourself and family:
PART 3 of 3:
  • If you sell something on an internet auction site (such as craigslist and eBay), receive a check for more than you ask for and the sender wants you to send the remaining balance back, it's probably a scam.
  • When ordering checks from a bank, pick them up at the bank; don't get them in the mail.
  • If you think you are the victim of identity theft or credit card fraud call 911 to file a report with the JCPD, and also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/idtheft.
  • Call bank/company and talk with their fraud departments.
  • Keep personal information secure and shred all papers with sensitive information.
  • If you are not sure if something is a scam, try looking it up on the internet first.
Officer Mark Johnson
Community Services
Summer is deadly for teen drivers
teen driver
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest for drivers ages 15-20. To keep teens safe, follow these tips from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
  • Buckle up. Seat belt usage is lowest among teens, but is most effective life-saving device.
  • Don't drink and drive. Make sure your teen knows the dangers of driving under the influence--or getting into a vehicle with someone who's been drinking.
  • Don't speed. Make sure your teen leaves early for activities so they're not tempted to speed.
  • Avoid distractions. Remind your teen driver to avoid distractions such as texting, cell phone use, loud music and any activities that take their eyes away from the road.
  • Set a passenger limit. Set a strict limit on the number of passengers. Review Georgia law.
  • Set a curfew. Make sure your teens know when you expect them home; not debatable!
  • Set a good example. Your teen will do as you do, so set a good example and drive safely.
New police dog, 'Leo,' joins JCPD force
Leo
The JCPD has a new officer, "Leo," a two-year-old German Shepherd from The Netherlands. "Leo" was sworn in July 11 and joins two other dogs, Nico and Dano, in the K-9 Unit.
"Leo is a full-service patrol dog. He is trained and certified in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension," says his handler, Officer Will Goins. "He's fitting right in here in Georgia." Read more.
'Jungle Juice': teen binge drinking
Everclear
Binge drinking is a growing problem for Johns Creek teens, who favor a potentially lethal concoction of hard liquors and fruit juices called "Jungle Juice." There are many recipes for "Jungle Juice" online, one called "Suicide in a Kettle."
One ingredient is a 190-proof grain alcohol called Everclear, which is banned in most states, but not Georgia. Energy drinks are sometimes thrown in for good (not so) measure.
Parent tips on teen binge drinking:
  • Know the warning signs. Signs of extreme drinking include a drop in grades, changes in behavior and mood, a new set of friends, memory lapses, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Open a dialogue. Ask your kids what kinds of experiences they're having, make your personal values clear, and calmly lay out the risks.
  • Establish a code word. Before your kids go out, agree on a phrase they can say if they are in an uncomfortable situation and need to give you a signal to come get them right away, no questions asked.
  • Tell your teen: If someone has been drinking Jungle Juice or doing shots in a short amount of time, their blood alcohol level can continue to rise dangerously after they appear to fall asleep. If you can't rouse them, call 911. Don't hesitate.
Taking a trip to the ATM? Beware of 'skimmers'
skimmer
The FBI says that ATM skimming is a growing criminal activity that costs U.S. banks hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
"Skimming" is the installation of surreptitious surveillance equipment on an ATM that scoops information from a bank card's magnetic strip whenever a customer uses the machine.
Read more about how skimming works and follow these safety tips from the FBI:
  • Inspect the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it... be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
  • When getting gas, try and use the pumps in the middle, closest to the cashier. It's easier to put skimming equipment on the pumps furthest from the cashier.
  • When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
  • If possible, use an ATM at an inside location (less access for criminals to install skimmers).
  • Be careful of ATMs in tourist areas... they are a popular target of skimmers.
  • If your card isn't returned after the transaction or after hitting "cancel," immediately contact the financial institution that issued the card.
Drug Guide: Learn the facts to keep your teen safe
contraband drug
Blow, Crank, Dex, Vike... do you know the drugs in your teen's world?
A new Drug Guide for Parents* shows the top 13 drugs most commonly abused by teens - including their street names, photos, drug effects and signs of abuse. Download Drug Guide.
* *Partnership at Drugfree.org
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
6,395
100
9
11
15
150

Top 5 intersections for accidents:
1. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
2. Medlock Bridge & Old Alabama
3. Medlock Bridge & Abbotts Bridge
4. Jones Bridge & Old Alabama
5. Johns Creek Pkwy & Lakefield Drive
Most accidents last month were caused by following too closely, and occurred on Monday nights in clear weather. 43% reported injuries; there was one fatality.
Burglaries (9): Concord Hall, Medlock Bridge, Abberly Towneship, 5950 State Bridge, 9700 Medlock Bridge (2), 9800 Medlock Bridge, Ocee Park, and 9810 Medlock Bridge.
Car break-ins (11): The Gates @ Johns Creek, 9925 Haynes Bridge Road, Rivermont Club, 10945 State Bridge Road, Thornhill, Pine Ridge, Lakehill, St. Ives Country Club, Waterford, Amberleigh, and North Bridges.
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