City of Johns Creek, Georgia November 2012
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
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With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will become wrapped up in the fast pace of shopping, travel, and events. This is something criminals are thankful for, and they use it to their advantage when committing crimes.
Because this season almost always brings more crime, the JCPD is moving resources to address the problem. The Holiday Crime Taskforce is tasked specifically with preventing and detecting the crimes expected to increase. It is made up of investigators, traffic officers, community policing officers, and bicycle officers.
Fortunately, the vast majority of crimes in our community are property crimes. Burglaries and car break-ins will see the most increase. There are several things you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim.
  1. Hide/remove items from your car that appeal to thieves (GPS devices, laptops, laptop bags, briefcases) and other items purchased in the same shopping trip. Use the trunk, but don't put items in unless you're leaving at that time. Someone may be watching you and take advantage if you go back into the mall or store.

  2. Lock your car. The majority of the cars "broken" into in Johns Creek are left unlocked. Some criminals will walk through a neighborhood or parking lot looking for the cars that are unlocked just to see what they can steal.

  3. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don't walk to your car with both hands full and your head down digging for your keys. Before you leave the store have your keys in your hand so you can look around as you walk.

  4. Don't tell the world you are leaving town. Use a timer for lights in your home, have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your papers, collect your mail, and take your trash can out on trash day. Also, if you use social media like Facebook, don't post anything about leaving town or even photos of your trip until you have returned.

The JCPD will be doing our part this holiday season, but please help us by doing your part to keep from becoming a victim.
If you'd like to have a JCPD patrol officer check on your home while you're out of town, please request a Vacation Watch. (See more about this service below.)
Stay safe,
Lt. Jason Harper
Community Services
Thanksgiving traffic safety
heavy traffic
Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday period of the year; thus, it's also the most dangerous. To help assure your safety on the road, please follow these 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
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you're going
This year, the official 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday period will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 21st and run through midnight on Sunday the 25th.
Next radKIDS class starts Jan. 14-18
radKIDS practice
The JCPD Community Services Division will hold its popular children's safety/empowerment class - radKIDS - Jan.14-18.
This radKIDS class will be specifically for children 5-7 years in age and held from 4-6 p.m. at JCPD headquarters at 11445 Johns Creek Parkway.
The class is limited to 10 students, with a $25.00 fee per child. Some scholarships are available. Applications can be picked up at JCPD headquarters from the Records Department in the front lobby.
Any questions, please contact debra.kalish@johnscreekga.gov or call 678-464-1587.
Take advantage of JCPD's 'Vacation Watch'
boarding a plane
Did you know that the JCPD offers a helpful service called "Vacation Watch?"
If you make the request, a JCPD patrol officer will keep an eye on your home while you're out of town during this holiday season.
This is a year-round community service provided by the JCPD, and many residents take advantage of it. Request a "Vacation Watch" here.
Beware of Hurricane Sandy donation scams
CAUTION!
Before making a donation of any kind to help Hurricane Sandy victims, follow these guidelines:
  • Don't respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming emails, including clicking on any links contained within those messages, because they may contain computer viruses.

  • Be cautious of individuals representing themselves as victims or officials asking for donations via email/social networking sites.

  • Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to those of reputable charities.

  • Make donations directly to known organizations instead of letting others make the donation on your behalf.

  • Avoid cash donations. Pay by debit or credit card, or write a check directly to the charity, not to any individual. Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services.

  • Most legitimate charities maintain websites ending in .org rather than .com.
JCPD attends Int'l Special Olympics conference
Corporal James Marshall, Major John Clifton and Officer Mark Johnson
The JCPD was invited to participate in the 2012 International Conference Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Major John Clifton, Corporal James Marshall, and Officer Mark Johnson attended, along with law enforcement professionals from China, Korea, Australia and other countries. The goal of the conference is to educate the attendees on how to enhance LETR, the grassroots program that has supported Special Olympics since 1981.
Members of the LETR - made up of thousands of law enforcement professionals around the world - raised $42 million in 2011, alone, for the non-profit that supports intellectually disabled children.
For the last few years, the JCPD has been the top LETR fundraiser in the state, earning the expense-paid trip to the conference this year.
As always, the JCPD graciously thanks the Johns Creek community for its support of the agency's fundraising efforts for Special Olympics-Georgia.
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
6,024
75
17
4
17
181

Top 5 intersections for accidents:
1. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
2. Medlock Bridge & Abbotts Bridge
3. Medlock Bridge & McGinnis Ferry
4. Haynes Bridge & Old Alabama
5. Johns Creek Pky & Lakefield Drive
Most accidents last month were caused by following too closely and occurred on Wednesday evenings (6-8 p.m.) in clear weather. 20% reported injuries; there were no fatalities.
Burglaries (4):  Lexington Woods, Timberstone, Long Indian Creek and Carrington.
Car break-ins (17):  Mabry Park, Willow Royal, Country Club of the South, 9101 Barnwell Road (2), 121 Caswyck Trace, 110 Bristol Lane, Aylesbury Farms, Abbotts Mill, The Reserve at Wellington, Seven Oaks (4), Silver Ridge (2) and Timberlane.
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