The September 22nd Town Hall Meeting, co-sponsored by Rep. Scott Holcomb, Northlake Community Alliance, Inc., and the DeKalb County Police Department, was attended by about 70 citizens at Henderson Mill Elementary School. The topic of discussion was area crime and crime prevention. Capt. Sonya Porter led discussion along with members of DPD giving suggestions on preventing auto and home theft. Capt. Porter indicated that thieves are attracted to electronic devices left in autos such as GPS and laptops, or by packages or purses left in plain sight. Lock your vehicle, even if in your garage or carport. Place packages in the car trunk and look around when entering or exiting your auto in parking lots. Join Neighborhood Watch programs and volunteer for the Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS). VIP’s drive in designated communities and phone in anything/anyone that looks unusual or suspicious. Notify the Police Department if you are leaving town for a few days or more as they will send patrol cars to circulate periodically and check anything that looks unusual. Purchase a “canned dog” machine or get a real dog, a big one preferable, to discourage would-be thieves.
Many questions were asked and answered by our professional police staff. Thanks to them for conducting this town hall meeting and thanks to Rep. Scott Holcomb, Ann Abramowitz, Tom Ulbricht, and NCA Board members who all contributed to this event. Special thanks go to Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Principal at Henderson Mill Elementary School for the use of the school.