Cobb County Police Department
THE PENS DISPATCH
From the Criminal Investigations Unit at PCT IV Police Email Notification System
Our next PENS meeting will be on Tuesday morning 02/11/2014 at 10 AM. Please join us to receive the regular update from Criminal Investigations Pct 4 on current crime trends, recent arrest updates and crime prevention. This is also a great networking opportunity for the homeowner associations and businesses in the East Cobb area to share crime and safety ideas.
We will have Holly Perry, Manager at Corporate Security for The Home Depot, as our guest speaker. In addition to her current experience, she has law enforcement experience in Virginia and Georgia. She will be providing a presentation that focuses on ways to improve the security measures for your homes.
The meeting will be held in the A, B, and C conference rooms at the East Cobb
4400 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta GA 30067
If you need directions please call Teresa Hayes at 770-499-3962.
Public Safety Topic of the Month
What You and Your Neighbors Can Do
Links To Resources
PUBLIC SAFETY TOPIC OF THE MONTH
ARE YOU ALARMED?
For those of you with homes and businesses covered by an alarm or security system please know that in Cobb County you must register your alarm with the Cobb County False Alarm Reduction Unit. We’ve made it easy for you to register your system. Not only is it easy, it’s free. Just go to www.cobbcounty.org or call 866-902-7110 to begin the quick process.
The following is some helpful information provided by our False Alarm Reduction Unit:
What is a false alarm?
The Cobb County Alarm Ordinance defines a False Alarm as: “the activation of an alarm system to summon law enforcement personnel which occurs as a result of mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the alarm user or his employees or agents, unless the law enforcement response was cancelled by the alarm user or his agent before law enforcement personnel arrive at the alarm location. An alarm is false when, upon determination by the responding officer, no unauthorized entry, robbery, or other crime was committed or attempted in or on the premises which would have activated a properly functioning alarm system.”
Primary Causes of False Alarms
- Unlocked or loose doors/ windows
- Children, Neighbors and Visitors
- Cleaning Crews/ Repairmen/ Pet Sitters
- Pets or other wildlife
- User Error
- Equipment Malfunction
Know what to do if you set your alarm off accidentally?
- First, don't panic. Carefully enter your disarm code to reset your system.
- Wait for your Alarm Company or central monitoring station to call, give your password or ID card number.
- Do not leave your home or business until you have talked with your monitoring station! If they do not call you, have the number posted by your control panel and contact them to cancel the police dispatch.
- DO NOT call 911 to cancel alarm activations--you must call your monitoring station.
- Except in the instance of duress, ambush or robbery alarm activations, the monitoring company must make at least two attempts to contact a representative of the alarm site by telephone or other electronic means and attempt to confirm a valid alarm before making a dispatch request.
-If you are aware of a problem with the system, you can cancel the police dispatch.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the cost of the alarm registration?
There is no cost to register your alarm system
Who is required to have an alarm registration?
Everyone operating an alarm system inside the County limits is required to register their alarm system
Where do the alarm service fees go?
The fees are used to offset the County’s administrative costs of the program
Will I be charged for alarm activations that are not false?
No, you will never be charged for an alarm activation that is not false, this amendment allows charges for false alarms only
What if my alarm is activated accidentally?
For the first two false activations, there is no fine. Additional false activation within a permit year will result as follows:
False Alarms: Fine:
If I disagree with an assessed fine, can I appeal?
Yes. If you disagree, the ordinance does have an appeal provision. To appeal a false alarm fee, please read the following: The Alarm User may appeal an assessment of a false alarm fee to the Alarm Administrator by setting forth in writing the reasons for the appeal within thirty (30) calendar days after the date of the notification of the assessment of civil penalty(ies). Be sure to include your name, the alarm location, date of the false alarm, your permit number, reasons for the appeal and any supporting evidence. An administrative hearing will be scheduled and heard by the Alarm Administrator after receipt of the written notice of appeal. The Alarm Administrator will render a decision in writing.
Do I have to register my car alarm?
No, car alarms do not need to be registered
Where do I send my check?
The mailing address is:
Cobb County False Alarm Reduction Program
PO Box 405587 Atlanta, GA 30384-5587
Why am I sending my invoice and payment to an address in Atlanta?
The County works with Bank of America to process all your payments. An advanced banking service that scans all the envelopes, payments, forms and invoices is being used. The service allows your payment to be processed quickly. The service is only available at their main processing center located in Atlanta.
What will happen if I do not pay the alarm fines?
Failure to pay the alarm fines within 90 days may result in a civil citation and suspension of your alarm registration
Can my alarm registration be suspended?
Yes it can be suspended. Some of the reasons are failure to make a timely payment of assessed fees or fines or making a false statement of a material fact in the application for registration.
I’ve become suspended, how do I reinstate my registration?
If your account has become suspended you will be required to pay all outstanding fees and fines, including any late or returned payment fees.
I received duplicate alarm invoices at my address; what can I do?
If you received a duplicate alarm invoice, please contact us at (866) 902-7110 so we can delete the incorrect invoice(s). If you are directed to a voicemail box, please leave message with your name, address, phone number and the account/permit numbers that need to be combined or deleted.
Where can I read or obtain a copy of the ordinance?
The alarm ordinance is posted online at: www.crywolf.us/cobbcountycrywolf or you can call (866) 902-7110
Who can I call if I have additional questions or comments?
Call us at (866) 902-7110, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entering autos are once again on the increase. In recent weeks, parks, daycare and fitness centers, as well as retail shopping areas have been targeted usually by those from outside the area using rental vehicles that will blend to the area.
WHAT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CAN DO
Apartment communities are high traffic areas where at any given time people can be seen walking around. If you see someone loitering or acting suspicious who may be involved in criminal activity do not hesitate to call 911 and have officers respond to check the situation. Your eyes and involvement, even anonymous, can help us make arrests and clear cases.
The same goes for our housing communities. We need your eyes and willingness to report criminal activity.
Remember your Target Hardening tips:
- Lock doors and windows.
- Set the alarm every time you leave.
- Post alarm signs and stickers.
- Keep garage doors closed and locked.
- Do not advertise on Social Media sites when you are away!
- Use outdoor lighting on a timer.
- Limit potential losses by using a safety deposit box.
- If someone knocks on your door DO NOT IGNORE THEM, yell through the door that you are not interested and that they need to leave. Next call 911 and provide a description, ignoring them may result with your door getting kicked in!
- Record your serial numbers and photograph your valuables.
In addition, Here is a new tip for the month, anytime you purchase a Smartphone, tablet, laptop or cell phone; ask your carrier service what tracking services are available for your device. For example, The Apple Iphone5 and most Apple products have a program called “Find My Iphone” that will allow you to locate it over WIFI/internet from another device such as a laptop. Click on the following link to learn more from Apple Support http://support.apple.com/kb/ph2696
Also for those who have android operating devices you can go to : http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2014/01/23/norton-mobile-security-devices-app-review/4800223/
These program help law enforcement in not only locating your property but also locating the property of others that they may be in possession of at the time of arrest.
The investigation was completed relating to the multiple Entering Autos that had occurred along Roswell Rd in the 415 Beat areas from October. As a result of the arrest the trend stopped even though the evidence only resulted in charges for this case. On 10/07/2013 at approximately 0100 hrs someone entered an unlocked vehicle on Lake Fjord Pass and stole a laptop computer. The laptop was later recovered during a traffic-stop and on 12/27/2013 the following individual was charged with Entering Auto:
Arnold, Lucas W/M of Hogan Drive Kennesaw, GA
On 12/07/2013 between the hours of 0930 and 1145 someone entered the residence on Berry Patch Lane in and stole several items. On 12/12/2013 Biloxi PD (MS) made contact with three individuals while conducting a prostitution sting at a local motel. Biloxi PD arrested the two males and one female, and located evidence that potentially connected them to the burglary in Cobb County. On 01/23/2014, after further investigation confirmed their involvement, the following three individuals were charged with Burglary(1stdegree):
Wade, Travis Eugene
W/M of Baconton, GA 31716
Croker, Franklin Lee
W/M of Baconton, GA 31716
Bradfield, Janie Michelle
W/F of Smithville, GA 31787
Det. O’Neal and Det. Goodman
On 01/07/2014 sometime between 1200 hrs and 1330 hrs someone forced entry through a rear window of the residence on Burning Tree Dr in the Atlanta Country Club area and stole numerous items, to include electronics and jewelry. Tracking the iPhone led detectives to Heritage Court apartments located at 4103 Pine Valley Road in Tucker. Additional evidence
led to the suspected apartment and a search warrant was conducted leading to the recovery of all of the victim’s property in that case. There was also evidence that the suspects were responsible for a burglary that occurred on Atlanta Country Club Drive a few days earlier. On 01/08/2014 the following two individuals were charged with Burglary for two residences in East Cobb.
Hardy, Adrian Alexander
B/M of Tucker, GA
B/F of Tucker, GA
412 BeatEntering Auto/Landscape Equipment Theft
18 Related Cases (At this point)
Beginning on or around 10/24/2013 Officers, Jegg, Isnetto, and Willard, Sgt. Gardner, and Detective Goodman began to investigate and take reports on stolen lawn equipment in which a dark grey Honda Accord with smoky wheels occupied by two black males had been seen committing the crimes.
Additional entering auto reports were taken out of Atlanta Country Club by Officers Ashbaugh and Barnhill, in which a cell phone, Financial Transaction Cards, GPS, and a Glock 22 firearm were stolen.
Zannie Copeland was made a suspect after it was discovered that an item he had pawned was stolen from one of these cases. Further investigation and information obtained from Stihl product registration, interviews, search warrants, GCIC, and further analysis determined that Zannie Copeland and Deonte Magsby were responsible for thefts in a total of 18 Cobb cases, 3 Roswell cases, and 1 DeKalb case. As a result 9 felony counts of entering auto, 1 felony count of theft of a firearm, 10 misdemeanor counts of theft by taking, and 2 misdemeanor counts of theft by taking were taken in Cobb County on each offender. In addition, there are pending charges in other jurisdictions including burglary and theft by taking in Roswell, theft by taking in DeKalb, and multiple counts of theft by deception in DeKalb and Gwinnett.
Officers Sebek and Biehl also took reports of a similar nature that are likely related.
Crimes: Entering Auto, Theft By Taking, Theft of a Firearm, Theft by Deception
Offenders: Zannie Copeland
Warrants are still outstanding on these offenders.
LINKS TO HELPFUL RESOURCES
Cobb County Police Department
County Ordinance Violation pamphlet (revised April 2012)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On Tuesday 09/24/2013 there were two Entering Autos (Car Break Ins) at East Valley Elementary on Lower Roswell Rd and one at East Side Elementary on Roswell Rd. At each incident the offender broke out a window and took the victim's purse that was left in open view as seen from the exterior of the vehicle. This occurred in the afternoon while picking up children from the schools.
There was no suspect seen to provide a lookout.
In addition we had a series of unlocked vehicles entered in apartment communities off Bentley Rd and Delk Rd overnight Sunday 09/22 and overnight Monday 09/23.
This is again a great reminder not to leave valuables in your vehicles when dropping off or picking up children at schools and daycare facilities.
When parking your vehicles overnight at home, make sure you lock your doors and remove your valuables. The next series could be in your neighborhood. Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons.
You may live in a "safe neighborhood" but you need to take these steps to keep it that way.
Be safe and remain vigilant,