City of Johns Creek, Georgia December 2012
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
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As cops we've pretty much seen it all, including crimes that could have been prevented by following these safety tips:
  • Make sure no one follows you when you leave your bank. I have worked some cases where a person has withdrawn cash from a bank and when they left they got a flat tire. A supposed "good citizen" helps them change the tire while another person sneaks in the car and steals the cash.

  • Take all purchases to your car when finished shopping. Don't go back and forth, and go straight home, if possible.

  • Never get distracted and leave your purse/wallet unattended, especially in grocery shopping carts.

  • When getting out of your car immediately lock your doors, and when returning to your car wait until you are at the car before unlocking it with a remote.

  • If you see someone suspicious around your car, go the other way and call security or 9-1-1.

  • If you must leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk and turn off the trunk release inside.

  • Never carry all your credit cards when shopping; only take those that you intend to use.

Stay safe,
Officer Mark Johnson
Community Services
Drive responsibly this holiday season
cocktail

Drunk and impaired driving accidents are most prevalent in Johns Creek during the holiday season.
Help prevent the loss of life by drinking responsibly, driving responsibly and encouraging everyone you know to do the same this holiday season.
  • Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin.
  • Never serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties: provide non-alcoholic drink options; don't serve alcohol the last hour of the gathering.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe in case your plans or individual circumstances change.
Alert: tax return refund identity theft on rise
tax return/refund identity theft
As of this September, the IRS had identified 641,690 incidents of ID theft involving tax fraud. That's 62 percent more than similar incidents reported in 2011. That doesn't include the undetected identity theft cases, which are unknown.
A report released last month, says that only 898 of the incidents resulted in any kind of criminal investigation. The rest, the criminals were able to get away tax refunds belonging to their victims.
A taxpayer may have his/her refund delayed if an identity thief files a fraudulent tax return seeking a refund using a legitimate taxpayer's identify information.
JCPD offers women's self-defense class, Jan. 15
self defense
Sign up now for a FREE women's self-defense class, Tues., Jan. 15, 6pm-8:30pm, JCPD Headquarters, 11445 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek 30097.
The class features personal awareness and personal safety techniques, in addition to self-defense.
Contact debra.kalish@johnscreekga.gov for more information and to register. Limited to 15 women.
Don't become a victim of cyber fraud
cyber crime
The most common crime reported to JCPD is identify theft, most internet-related. Follow these guidelines carefully:
  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within unsolicited e-mails.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as they may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they actually match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
  • Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of "linking" to it from an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Contact actual business (using main contact info) that "sent" the e-mail to verify it's genuine.
  • If you are requested to act quickly or there is an "emergency," it may be a scam.
Take the "Polar Plunge" and help Special Olympics
Special Olympics Polar Plunge polar bear

 
Be cool and join us Saturday, Feb. 16 at Lake Lanier Islands for Special Olympics Georgia's annual "Polar Plunge."
The JCPD is collecting pledges from the community in exchange for the opportunity to jump into the lake's icy waters in the middle of winter! Anyone with a little guts and a warm heart is welcome to participate with us. Prizes awarded for best costume, highest fundraiser, etc.
Pledge here. All donations go to Special Olympics Georgia. Call 678-474-1580 for more information.
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
5,918
102
18
8
19
200

Top 5 intersections for accidents:
1. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
2. Medlock Bridge & Hospital Parkway
3. Old Alabama & Haynes Bridge
4. Sargent & Jones Bridge
5. State Bridge & Jones Bridge
Most accidents last month were caused by following too closely and occurred on Thursday evenings (6-8 p.m.) in clear weather. 15% reported injuries; there were no fatalities.
Burglaries (8):  6015 State Bridge Rd., 9870 Nesbit Ferry Rd., 3000 Old Alabama Rd., Hunter's Forest, Alara Apartments (2), Lake Medlock Drive and Ellington.
Car break-ins (18):  9101 Barnwell Rd. (2), Seven Oaks (2), Randolph Hall, Cameron Forest, The Enclave at Wellington, 11360 Lakefield Drive, Aylesbury Farms (4), Doublegate, River Knoll, The Village at Jones Ferry, 6005 State Bridge Rd., 9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., and 11505 Medlock Bridge Rd.
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