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Precinct 5 PENS March 2019

Digital Home Security System
March 15, 2019

Community Partners,

Welcome to this month’s PENS, Police Email Notification System bulletin. This monthly bulletin is brought to you from the Cobb County Police, Precinct 5 Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU5) and is designed to keep you aware of safety alerts and crime trends in your area and measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.

Public Safety Topic of the Month

Safety Tips for Spring Break Crime Prevention

  1. Never advertise you are leaving town: Don’t broadcast that you and your family will be away. Wait until after your trip to share updates and photos on social media. Remind your children not to Facebook, blog, or tweet your family’s absence from home.
  2. Create the illusion of occupancy: While away cancel delivery of mail and newspaper or arrange for a neighbor to pick them up.
  3. Lights: Put inside and outside lights on a timer to establish a look of occupancy.  A timer on your TV so it’s on when you’d normally be watching TV is also a good idea.
  4. Lock all windows and doors: Keep valuables away from windows, lower blinds and close curtains so passers-by can’t view these items. Remember, a significant amount of crime can be deterred if home owners do not create easy opportunities for the criminal element.
  5. Garage: Keep your car locked and the windows up even if its parked in the garage, and take your keys with you. If your house is broken into, there is no need to provide the thief with a car. You may also want to unplug your garage door opener and lock the garage door while out of town.
  6. Trust a Neighbor: Make sure a dependable neighbor watches your house, has a house key, and has your cell number in case of any home emergency. Also make sure your neighbor has a way to shut off any alarms.
  7. Utilities: It’s always a good idea to turn back the temperature of your water heater, shut off the water to your washing machine (washing machine hose breaks are at the top of the list when it comes to home damage costs).

Current Crime Trends

Ladies and Gentlemen, our current crime trends continue to be Entering Autos. The bulk of the Entering Autos are  taking place overnight and early in the morning. The majority of all the Entering Autos have been unlocked vehicles with valuables including guns left inside. Please remove all valuables especially guns from your vehicles every time you park and leave the vehicle. Also, double check that all vehicle doors are locked.

Citizens Public Safety Academy Program (CPSA)

  • The 15-week program provides an opportunity for Cobb County citizens to obtain an insider’s look into the various entities that comprise the Department of Public Safety. Participants will gain knowledge and insight as to how the Police, Fire, Animal Services, and 911 departments are organized and the important role each one plays to ensure the safety of all the citizens of Cobb County.
  • Interested citizens should either live in Cobb County or work for Cobb County Government or Schools and be at least 21-years-of age or older.
  • The Spring Academy starts April 2 at 6 p.m. at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Academy, located at 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta, GA 30008.
  • In order to be accepted into the program, applicants must fill out an application. This application can be emailed or picked up at the DPS Training Center at 2109 Valor Drive, Marietta, GA 30008. The application will need to be taken to the Cobb County Internal Affairs Department, located at 1150 Powder Springs St, Suite 300, Marietta, GA 30064 by March 25 at 3 p.m. Bring your driver’s license with you as they will need to make a copy for the application process.
  • Applications that are wait-listed will also be held over to the Fall 2019 program if necessary. If you do not have an email address, please make sure to provide a phone number.
  • The first night of the CPSA will meet at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Academy, 2109 Valor Drive Marietta, GA 30008 at 6 p.m. and all subsequent sessions will meet at 6:30 p.m. at various Cobb County Public Safety locations. Classes will be conducted every Tuesday evening for 15 weeks, with graduation being the 15th week.
  • If you have any questions about the CPSA please contact the Training Center at (770) 499-4100. 

What You Can Do

Burglary Prevention

  • Lock your doors, including the one from the garage
  • Keep garage doors closed-check before bed every night
  • Motion sensor activated lighting
  • Surveillance cameras

Entering Auto Prevention

  • Lock your vehicles and remove items of value and items that appear to contain valuables.
  • If you can’t keep them with you, secure your valuables in the trunk before reaching your location.
  • Keep your vehicle locked and your purse or wallet on your person while fueling at the gas station.

Postal Theft

  • Anti-Theft mailboxes with a special locking system
  • Security Cameras
  • Do not raise the mail flag
  • Do not send cash, checks, or anything that has credit card information

Remember to CALL 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you see something, say something!

Cobb County Camera Registry

The Cobb County Police Camera Registration program is a police/community video partnership that operates on a voluntary basis with homeowners, neighborhoods and business owners who own private video surveillance systems. We encourage both businesses and residents to register their cameras online by completing the form below.

This program is intended to let our officers know where cameras are active in the county in case a crime occurs. It is not intended for active surveillance, and officers will not have direct access to homeowners' cameras. Those who register a camera will be contacted if a crime occurs in the vicinity of that camera.

Information provided by residents and businesses will be maintained in a secure database.

Online Registration Form


If you have not already signed up to receive the monthly PENS updates, please subscribe. Feel free to forward this e-mail to your HOA members and local businesses.

PENS is also sending out bulletins and alerts through its partnership with Discover if your neighborhood is already signed up so you may join. If not, they will provide you with the necessary information.


Remain Safe and Vigilant,

Det. Lieutenant T. A. Nelson
Det. Sergeant W.R. Pettitt
Det. Sergeant R.E. Hecksher
Criminal Investigation Unit Pct. 5
4640 Dallas Highway
Powder Springs, GA 30127
(770) 499-4578

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