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Dec 2009 Dunwoody Police

Dec 2009 Dunwoody Police

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Published by John Heneghan
The Dunwoody Police Department has published their December 2009 "On the Beat" newsletter. Features include Holiday Shopping Safety, Emergency Preparedness & the Dunwoody Police Explorers.
The Dunwoody Police Department has published their December 2009 "On the Beat" newsletter. Features include Holiday Shopping Safety, Emergency Preparedness & the Dunwoody Police Explorers.

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In this newsletter: 
HolidayShopping Safety
EmergencyPreparedness
ExplorersAs we enter this holiday season, it is agood time to review some basic safety tipswhile shopping. Please feel free to shareand discuss these tips with family andfriends. With our current economy, wehave seen a rise in crimes such as theft,strong arm robberies and identificationtheft. By following a few basic safety tips,and being aware of your surroundings, youcan reduce your chance of being a victimand still have an enjoyable time shopping.
 
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOURSURROUNDINGS!!!
 
Always carry your I.D.
 
Dress casually and comfortably.
 
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry orwatches.
 
Shop during daylight hours whenpossible. If you have to shop at night,go with a friend.
 
Try not to carry a purse unlessnecessary. If you must carry a purse,always keep it in your grasp. Neverhang it on the back of a chair or leaveit in a buggy.
 
If you carry a wallet, keep it in a frontpocket of your pants or jacket.
 
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
 
Pay with a debit or credit card whenpossible. This reduces the cash youhave to carry and makes disputingfraudulent charges easier.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
 
Be aware of where you park. Park in alighted area if shopping at night. Lookaround the parking lot before exitingyour car.
Holiday Shopping Safety
Officer W. Furman 
 
Have your car keys ready before exitingthe store. Do not stand at the side of yourcar searching for keys. This makes youan easy target.
 
Hide all of your valuables before parkingyour car. Everything should be out ofsight:
GPS’s, laptop
s, cellphones.
 
Avoid overloading yourself withpackages/bags as you leave the store.The more you are carrying, the easier atarget you are.
 
Be aware of anyone approaching you.This is the season for con artists andstrong arm thefts.
SHOPPING WITH CHILDREN
 
 
Always stay with your child!!
 
Accompany your children to therestroom, never let them go anywherealone.
 
Never leave your child alone at a theater,arcade or playground while you shop.
 
Do not dress them in clothing with theirnames on them.
 
Teach your child what to do if they getseparated from you. Teach them what alaw enforcement officer and securityguard look like.
 
There is no substitute for parentalsupervision while holiday shopping. If you
can’t adequately supervise your children
without being distracted, stay at home orleave them with someone else while youdo your shopping.
 
For more information on keeping yourchildren safe, check out:www.missingkids.com. 
 
December 1, 2009Volume 1, Issue 4
DUNWOODY POLICE
 
 
Page 2 of 3
Emergency Preparedness
Officer W. Furman 
In September our state was hit with some ofthe most devastating floods in our history.The City of Dunwoody was lucky inavoiding major damage during these rains. Iwas affected in the floods by being cut offfrom all stores for almost 2 days. I wasunable to travel further than 1 mile from myhome. This made me evaluate myemergency plans. The information I haveincluded in this article is fromwww.ready.ga.gov,which is an excellentinformation resource. I think we should alltake the time to look over this list andcreate our own emergency plans.
 
Make your own Ready kit with the items onthe checklist below. Most of the items areinexpensive and easy to find, and any oneof them could save your life. Headed to thestore? Download a printable version to take
 
with you. Once you take a look at the basic
 
items, consider what unique needs yourfamily might have, such as supplies forpets, seniors or family members with 
 
special needs.Add those items to your kit
 
and start packing it today.Or, for a customized emergency plan thatwill include a detailed checklist with itemsthat are specific to you and
your family’s
needs, as well as a communications plan to
 
help you reconnect after an emergency,create a user profile now.
 
Recommended Items
o
 
Water
. One gallon per person per day,for at least 3 days, for drinking andsanitation
o
 
Food
. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
o
 
Can opener
. For food, if kit containscanned food
o
 
Radio
. Battery-powered or hand crankradio and a NOAA Weather Radio withtone alert, and extra batteries for both
o
 
Flashlight
and
extra batteries
 
o
 
First aid kit
 
o
 
Whistle
. To signal for help
o
 
Face mask
. To help filter contaminatedair and plastic sheeting and duct tape
 
to shelter in place
o
 
Moist towelettes
,
garbage bags
andplastic ties. For personal sanitation
o
 
Wrench
or
pliers
. To turn off utilities
o
 
Local maps
 
Additional Items
o
Prescription medications and glasses
o
Infant formula and diapers
o
Pet food, extra water, pet supplies, toysand vaccination forms. More informationcan be found here
o
Important family documents such ascopies of insurance policies,
o
identification and bank account records ina waterproof, portable container
o
 
Cash or traveler’s checks and change
o
Emergency reference material such as afirst aid book or information from Ready
 
o
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for eachperson. Consider adding bedding in coldweather.
o
Complete change of clothing. Include along sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy
 
shoes. Consider adding clothing in coldweather.
o
Household chlorine bleach and medicinedropper
o
Fire extinguisher
o
Matches in a waterproof container
o
Feminine supplies and personal hygieneitems
o
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plasticutensils, paper towels
o
Books, games, puzzles or other activities
 
for children
o
Paper and pencil
2009 Flood Stats:
8 Deaths9 flood records werebroken, which datedas far back as 1919 Some areas of the
state received 20” of 
rain in 24 hours. The Dog River inDouglas Countyflowed at 448,000gallons per second.

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