Residential burglaries and entering automobile cases have been on the rise in the area of Powder Springs Road and Macland Road and in the Lost Creek subdivision on Due West Road near Mars Hill Road.
Entering autos, when an individual enters a car to steals items, makes up 60 percent of the crime reported in Cobb County, said Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for the Cobb police department.
He suggests residents keep valuables in the trunk of their car or at home.
Thieves police refer to as “flippers” walk through communities at night flipping door handles to find an unlocked vehicle.
“A lot of these people are younger, that being school age, and we know and we can anticipate that type of crime when the kids are out of school,” Pierce said.
West Cobb may have seen a recent spike in thefts, Pierce said, but those types of crimes are common throughout metro Atlanta.
“They are just as common in west Cobb as they are in east, north and south,” Pierce said. “A criminal knows no boundaries. They don’t recognize a county boundary, a city boundary or any other jurisdictional boundary police may be patrolling.”
If a burglar wants to get inside a home, they will, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect themselves.
Most residential burglaries happen during the day when people are expected to be at work, according to an email police sent west Cobb residents this week. Many do not want contact with the homeowner and will leave if a homeowner makes their presence known.
Garage doors should be left closed and doors should be locked.
More than that, Pierce said, residents should be aware of their surroundings and should never hesitate to call 911 if they see something suspicious.
“Be vigilant. Vigilant not only for your own protection or crime regarding yourself but also your neighbors, neighborhood or community,” Pierce said. “If you bond as a community, as a neighborhood, that is going to be the best deterrent to this kind of crime.”