- Make a list of all of your credit card numbers and the serial numbers from your electronics and other valuables. A lot of burglaries can be solved when the police have a serial number(s) to enter onto GCIC/NCIC. When or if these items are pawned, pawn shops are required to submit all paperwork to their local police departments to see if they are stolen. When these items come back stolen, the police will have the individuals information that pawned the item(s). Search the Web for examples property inventory checklists can be
Beginning on June 09, 2017, the Dunwoody Police Department will utilize a new program to perform residential (vacation) checks. The new program, which is integrated into the current Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, replaces the Interactive Defense System and creates a more efficient and streamlined process for accepting and performing checks. Residents will be able to enter basic information for each request and, once accepted, the requests are instantly displayed in the CAD system. During each shift, Police Officers and Volunteers will perform residential checks as time and call volume permit.
Prior to departing for a vacation or business trip, residents of the City of Dunwoody are encouraged to visit the City’s Police to Citizen Portal and complete the form for a Residential (vacation) Check.
Residents that have previously submitted a residential check through the Interactive Defense System (IDS), including current and future checks, will not need to submit an additional request as each check has been transferred from IDS to the current system. Future requests will need to be submitted via the process listed above.
For more information, please contact Community Outreach / Public Information Officer Mark Stevens via telephone at 678-382-6917 or via Email.
Description of a credit card scam from early Jan. 2009
If someone calls and asks for any information about your credit card, do not give it to them. In this scam, confirmed on Snopes.com, the scammers are only asking for the 3-digit or 4-digit security code on the back of the card. With just those numbers, they can charge to your card.
Click here for details from Snopes.
From a Sandy Springs crime report:
- From a report of a residential burglary attempt in Fair Oaks Manor (30328), where someone knocked on a door, asked for front door glass was broken by an iron rod, and on that driveway, several items were found that traced a truck driven by the suspect to one stolen in Sandy Springs: "Many times the burglar will knock on the door to see if the resident answers it. They then claim to be lost. This is a GREAT reason to call 911 as soon as you can."
- From a report of a store robbery at 7800 Holcomb Bridge: "Here is a good piece of advice about convenience stores. At night, especially late, make it a habit that before you go in the doors, find out where the clerk is. Many times during a robbery, they’ll put the clerk in the back room or the cooler. The last thing you want to do is walk in on a robbery in progress ... Just take a couple of seconds and do a quick look-see."
- It is actually best NOT to suddenly leave on your outside lights all day. It is more likely to signal to potential thieves that your home is vacant. (But motion sensor or photo cell lights that are on only at night are useful.)
Next time you come home for the night and you put your keys away, think of this: you may already have a security alarm system you are not aware of.
Start keeping your car keys next to your bed on the night stand when you go to bed at night. If you think someone is trying to get into your house, or if you hear a noise outside your house press the panic alarm on your car key chain.
Test it - it will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.
If your car alarm goes off when someone is breaking into your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and no criminal wants that.
Try yours to make sure it works before you rely on it. Just know that you must press the alarm button again to turn it off. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.
Click here to go to the interactive map.
This site lists up to date crime reports and statistics for an area, based on address or zip code. The site relies on reports from local police departments. The Dunwoody and Sandy Springs police departments are active participants, as are several other surrounding cities.
Sex Offender Registry
Click here to go to GBI on-line registry.
On the site there are bars over to the left. Choose SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. It is self explanatory. You will be able to walk yourself through the steps and enter the information to determine if there is a sex offender in your area.
Click here for Family Watchdog site.
When you visit this site you can enter your address and a map will pop up with your house as the small icon of a house and red, blue, and green dots surrounding your entire neighborhood. When you click on these dots a picture of a person will appear with an address and the description of the crime he or she had committed. Be aware, this site includes annoying advertising.
This site was developed by John Walsh from Americas Most Wanted. Another tool to help us keep our kids safe.