The winter holiday season is an exciting time of year that also unfortunately provides new opportunities for criminals.  The Cobb County police department crime prevention unit recommends the following precautions:

  • Remember that entering autos makes up 40% of the major crime in Cobb County.
  • Please make sure that while shopping at the Mall or other major stores, you do NOT go to the car and place items into your car or trunk and then go back inside to shop again. The best thing that you could do is LEAVE.
  • Thieves are waiting and watching in the parking for you to do just that. After you put the items into the car or trunk and go back in for more, they are breaking into your vehicles and taking the items that were just purchased.
  • Keep your purses/wallets close to you at all times.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Walk to your cars with a purpose and always have your keys in hand. If someone approaches you while you are walking to your car, keep walking.
  • Always be near a phone. Have your cell phone handy so that you can call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
  • After the holidays, don’t just put the empty “T.V.” box or other large gift boxes at the curb for the trash. Cut the box up and put the pieces in the garbage can. Leaving the empty box at the curb just lets the suspected thieves know what new “things” are inside the house.

If you have any questions about personal safety or other safety related questions please don’t hesitate to call the local police precinct or the Crime Prevention Unit.

The two officers assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit are:

Officer Mike Bowman
Cobb County Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
140 N. Marietta Parkway, NW
Marietta, Georgia 30060
770-499-4134
Michael.Bowman@CobbCounty.org

Officer C.J. Mabe
Cobb County Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
140 N. Marietta Parkway, NW
Marietta, Georgia 30060
770-499-3909
Christopher.Mabe@CobbCounty.org

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