Cobb County Police Department
Crime Prevention/Community Education
"The primary object of an efficient Police(service) is the prevention of crime"
-Sir Richard Mayne, 1829
Crime Prevention is of the highest priority with the Cobb County Police Department. It is our goal to provide our citizens with the best possible service available, and through our Crime Prevention Function we are committed to reaching that goal. We believe by actively promoting citizens participation we can reduce crime in our county.
The Crime Prevention Function, through our community education program, offers various programs to meet the needs of our ever changing and growing county. Assigned personnel conduct seminars and training on crime prevention methods, visit schools to lecture on various topics, distribute crime prevention material, coordinate our Neighborhood Watch Program, and assist specialized units when crime prevention needs arise.
We are here to serve the citizens of Cobb County and believe by working together we can reduce crime.
What you and your neighbors can do?
The primary cause for the rate of Entering Autos is individuals leaving valuables in their unattended vehicles. Preventing items being stolen from your vehicles requires 2 things: 1) taking everything of value out of your vehicle and 2) locking your vehicle. Leaving valuables in clear view in a locked car will most likely result in a broken window. Please do not leave firearms inside vehicles. Laptop computers are in high demand and very valuable on the black market. Other highly sought items include IPODs, Satellite Radios, GPS Navigation systems, purses and wallets. Leaving them in your car will subject them to theft
Thefts at fitness centers
If you must take your valuables such as purses, wallets or laptops with you, secure them in your trunk prior to arriving at your final destination. Doing so after you arrive, only announcing to everyone what you are doing.
The other theft problem at fitness centers involves thefts from lockers while the victim is working out. Sometimes the lockers are left unlocked, but another tactic used by the perpetrator is to remove the victim’s lock, take items from their locker and then replace the lock with a different one. This tactic buys them time to use stolen credit cards before the victim can discover that they have been taken.
The only real solution to the above incidents would be to not even take valuables to the fitness centers.
To start a neighborhood watch, please take the following steps:
- Download the Citizens Awareness Program brochure from this Web site.
- Get at least 50% of the homeowners or apartment residents to sign the Neighborhood Watch Petition, which is included in the above mentioned brochure. (The petition needs to include the name, address and phone number for each petitioner).
- Fax the completed petition to 770-499-4196 to the attention of the Crime Prevention; or
- Mail the completed petition to 140 N. Marietta Pkwy, Marietta, Ga 30060 (Attn: Crime Prevention)
Education Courses We Offer
The following courses are offered without charge to Cobb County residents.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM - Our goal is to educate members of a community about crime, criminal patterns, and what to do if you are a victim, or a witness to a crime. The neighborhood is then organized into a system of observers trained in “watch” procedures. This program lasts approximately 1 hour and begins a continuing liaison with the Crime Prevention Unit. Neighborhoods will need to have at least 50% of homes participating to establish the Watch Program.
BUSINESS WATCH - This program is an adaptation of the Neighborhood Watch Program designed for stores in shopping malls and complexes. The Crime Prevention Unit helps the mall management train the tenants of the mall. This program was recently launched by the Cobb County Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit. The program is aimed at training business owners, managers, and employees in recognizing and reporting suspicious or criminal activity.
Cobb County businesses are encouraged to sign up for the Business Watch program and become linked with others in the business community who share information regarding potential threats to their business, employees, or customers.
BUSINESS ASSESMENT - A Crime Prevention Officer will inspect your business and assess your risk of burglary, patron safety and employee safety. There are many suggestions and considerations we can make which may increase the safety of your business.
The Crime Prevention Function is ready to assist you. Please call 6-8 weeks ahead to avoid scheduling conflicts. For information on any of our programs contact the Cobb County Police Department Crime Prevention Function at (770) 499-4134.