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Sandy Springs GA Police Department
Saturday September 4th, 2010 :: 09:29 p.m. EDT

Summary of Town Hall Burglary Meeting in south Sandy Springs available in attached E-mail.

Recently there has been a spike in the number of residential burgularies in the South District of Sandy Springs. Though the number of overall burglaries are down the spike we are experiencing in very concerning to our citizens and the SSPD.

On September 1, 2010 City Council Members Chip Collins (District 3) and Karen Mcnerny (District 6) held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss these burgularies. 
There were 150+ attendees at the meeting. Attached is a summary of this meeting prepared by one of the neighborhood members and edited by SSPD:
Most of the burgularies occur on weekdays between 8:00 am and Noon.  This is when people are at work.  The burgularies are much less likely to occur in the evenings or overnight.
A popular MO is for one perpetrator to find an excuse (e.g. delivering a package, soliciting work, collecting for a charity, etc.).  If there is no answer at the door, the perp proceeds to the back of the house, kicks in a door, grabs valuable items (e.g. computers, electronics, jewelry, etc.), then calls his co-perp on a cell phone to be picked up.  The co-perp pulls up in front of the house and the two drive away.  The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.
Here is what the Sandy Springs Police are asking residents to do to help stop these crimes.  If someone whom you are not expecting knocks at your door proceed with cell phone in hand with 911 programmed for speed dial.  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE PERSON DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR, DIAL 911, and make noises (e.g. who is it?) to let the person know someone is at home.  Start taking pictures with your cell phone. 
If going out of town DO NOT   stop the paper, or mail.  Have a neighbor pick up the paper and mail.  Also have the neighbor pick up any flyers left on your mail box.  These perps are putting flyers on mailboxes and then casing the neighborhood to see which ones are not being removed.  If you don't have a neighbor that can pick up you mail then it should be stopped. Homes that are set back from the street and/or have hidden back yards can be especially vulnerable. Suspects do not want to be seen and houses in secluded areas are to their advantage.
If you see ANYTHING unusual in your neighborhood CALL 911.  The police strongly emphasized that the neighborhood residents are the police's eyes and ears and they need our help in stopping these crimes.  If you see a car that looks like it does not belong in our neighborhood CALL 911.  If you see someone driving slowly as if casing the neighborhood CALL 911.  If you see someone knocking on your neighbor's door (and that person obviously is not the Fed EX delivery person, and the local Girl Scout selling cookies) CALL 911 immediately.
Officer Tim Burell was working undercover recently in an unmarked vehicle cruising slowly around a neighborhood.  A resident observed him, CALLED 911, and proceeded to follow him.  He was quickly stopped by several of his co-workers and questioned.  This is what the police want us to do and they were thankful for the 911 call.  The police stressed at the meeting that residents are not calling when they see something that they are uncomfortable about.  If you even wonder if you should call, then the answer is YES - CALL 911  - do not even hesitate.
Because of several residents calling and the police being able to put 2&2 together they were able to make an arrest a few days ago.  One resident happened to see some of his stolen items on CraigsList and alerted the police. 
The Sandy Springs Police Dept. has a new web site http// 
The Sandy Springs Police Dept. is participating in NIXLE which is an internet service that notifies participants to significant information provided by the police department that is relevant to their neighborhood via text message and e-mail. To sign up for police notifications go to   
The SSPD also recomments reinforcing your doors via items available on the internet
Fulton County has formed a special task force to combat residental burgularies.  For more information visit

Sandy Springs GA Police Department
7840 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

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Terry Sult

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