Crime prevention programs, tips and tools

Table-top crime prevention continues

Sandy Springs Police crime prevention specialist Officer Larry Jacobs will be available Wednesday, July 29, at the Fountain Oaks Kroger Store, 4920 Roswell Road, from 10:30 12:30 p.m. to meet and answer questions on just about anything related to crime prevention.

Members of the Sandy Springs Police Volunteer Unit will also be on hand to help out with any questions. SSPD and Kroger are partnering in reducing thefts, specifically thefts from shoppers inside large stores such as grocery stores.

Child I.D. kit available

Sandy Springs Police are providing Child I.D. kits to city residents. The kits will be available at the front desk.

Gun locks

Also at the front desk are gun locks, which are being provided by the Sandy Springs Police free to residents. Those, too, will be available at the front desk. Limit two.

Citizen’s police academy enrolling for January

Our January 2010 Citizen’s Police Academy Class 003 is enrolling for the 10-week course. Class participants will be provided with demonstrations and presentations encompassing the various units and functions of the Sandy Springs Police.

Participants will have the opportunity to spend one night on a ride along with a patrol unit and be put through the SSPD firearms simulator, which is a favorite among the class members.

For registration contact Officer Jacobs, by e-mail only, at

Some recent crime reports

Fraud, forgery, and I.D. theft: A woman on Drummen Court reported her personal information was compromised and used by another person who listed her as a co-signer on an account with GE Money. The balance, at the time the debt collector called, was just over $11,000.

What to do? First of all, check your credit at least annually, for free, at You can also check directly with the three major reporting companies: Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax.

If you think you are a victim, flag it through the individual reporting companies. Make a police report. The venue (jurisdiction) is where you live. So, for example, if your credit card number was compromised in New York, the venue would not be there but where you live.

From the vice squad: Several prostitution arrests were made this past week in area hotels. Most of the solicitation by the prostitutes was done over the Internet. Almost all of the persons arrested were in the company of another person waiting outside. Several arrests were made and some drugs and cash were confiscated. Almost all of the offenders had active criminal warrants out on them in other jurisdictions.

Other stuff

A man contacted police and said that he put gas in his car at a station on Dunwoody Place and then drove off with the gas nozzle still in his car.

A woman called the police and said she sold a clock for twenty-five bucks to a woman in Florida over e-Bay. The woman from Florida called her and said she received the clock but it was broken. The seller told the buyer to send it back and she would refund the money. Once the seller received the clock, she said it looked like it had been tampered with because it was in good condition when she shipped it.

An employee of Staples in the 5500 block of Roswell Road said he saw a woman crouched down in one of the aisles. As he approached, he saw the woman concealing a hard drive in her purse. The woman was escorted to the office and the police were called. The officer checked the woman’s purse and found she had taken three more hard drives, amounting to just over $600. She was taken to Fulton County Jail on felony shoplifting charges.

Officer Worsham returns to duty

Officer Sam Worsham reported to roll call in the traffic unit the other morning, almost a year after he was seriously injured on his motorcycle August 7, 2008. That’s when a car, exiting a private drive in the 6600 block of Roswell Road, pulled in front of the officer as he responded to an emergency call.

“Sammy” broke his shoulder, elbow, hip and seriously injured his femur – “I looked over and my foot was lying next to my head.” He cracked his tibia and broke 10 toes.

He did not, however, break his head, thanks to his helmet, which took the hit, evident by the deep scrapes along the side of it where he slid along the asphalt.

Welcome back.

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July 27th, 2009
8:37 pm

It is so sad that someone is soooooooooooooo incredibly stupid as to call the police over an Ebay transaction. I wish I could say that I’m brilliant but I’m smart enough to know that I’m not. But stupid people irk the heck out of me.


July 28th, 2009
8:45 am

I called the police once over a stolen canoe.I told them where it was,gave them the serial number.They told me to forget it as it would cost me more to recover it than it was worth.They were wrong about that,it cost me othing to steal it back.

A good read this morning is the weekly column by Dr.Sowell concerning the cop and the professor.The good Dr. and I think exactly alike on this issue.I’m sure he’ll be impressed to hear that.HA.HA.

jackie baines

July 28th, 2009
11:14 pm

saw on tv a woman in california whose car was repossessed because she was the victim of a pyramid scheme. apparently she was making all her payments. how would such a scheme work?


August 2nd, 2009
7:26 pm

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