JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will become wrapped up in the fast pace of shopping, travel and events. This is something criminals are thankful for, and they use it to their advantage when committing crimes.
Because this season almost always brings more crime, the Johns Creek Police Department is moving resources to address the problem. The Holiday Crime Taskforce is tasked specifically with preventing and detecting the crimes expected to increase. It is made up of investigators, traffic officers, community policing officers and bicycle officers.
Fortunately, the vast majority of crimes in our community are property crimes. Burglaries and car break-ins will see the most increase. There are several things you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim.
1. Hide/remove items from your car that appeal to thieves (GPS devices, laptops, laptop bags, briefcases) and other items purchased in the same shopping trip. Use the trunk, but don’t put items in unless you’re leaving at that time. Someone may be watching you and take advantage if you go back into the mall or store.
2. Lock your car. The majority of the cars “broken” into in Johns Creek are cars left unlocked. Some criminals will walk through a neighborhood or parking lot looking for the cars that are unlocked just to see what they can steal.
3. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t walk to your car with both hands full and your head down digging for your keys. Before you leave the store have your keys in your hand, so you can look around as you walk.
4. Don’t tell the world you are leaving town. Use a timer for lights in your home, have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your papers, collect your mail and take your trash can out on trash day. Also, if you use social media like Facebook, don’t post anything about leaving town or even photos of your trip until you have returned.
The JCPD will be doing our part this holiday season, but please help us by doing your part to keep from becoming a victim. If you’d like to have a JCPD patrol officer check on your home while you’re out of town, please request a Vacation Watch.