Public Safety Alert / Theft From Vehicles
- **Public Safety Alert**
The Police Department has noticed a significant increase over the past three weeks in the number of vehicles being broken into, usually in the late evening and early morning hours.
The thefts are as simple as thieves opening unlocked car doors to defeating complicated mechanical and electronic locking mechanisms.
Please be aware of the following things when you leave your vehicle outside overnight.
– You should always lock your vehicle doors at all times.
– Hide all personal belongings. Lock them in the console or glove box.
– If you use a windshield-mounted GPS device, do not leave the mounting hardware attached to the windshield, as this is usually an identifier that you may have valuables in your vehicle.
– Do not ever leave large sums of money, jewelry or expensive electronics in your vehicle.
– Record Serial Numbers for your valuable items so that Police can more quickly identify and recover property that may be stolen.
Most importantly, if you see something that seems out of place, call the Police Department. The most effective way to catch the person(s) responsible for these thefts is for an observant neighbor or passerby to report suspicious activity.
Our Officers and Investigators will continue to actively pursue these incidents until the perpetrator(s) are caught.
Public Safety Alert / ATM & Bank Security
The City of Cumming Police Department has issued a Public Safety Alert following the repeated occurrence of similar thefts recently reported to Police.
In most cases, the victim of the theft has recently withdrawn a large sum of money from either exterior ATM’s or Bank Tellers.
Victims have found their cars broken into while shopping, etc, and in some cases, victims were approached by strange individuals attempting to offer help with car problems. While distracted, other suspects stole money from the victim’s vehicle.
Please be aware of your surroundings when taking large sums of money from the bank. And if you are approached by strange individuals, please proceed to the nearest public area, or get in your car and leave. Please call police immediately in either case.
The Cumming Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is actively working to find the suspects responsible for these thefts.
There have also been several reports of unlocked vehicles being vandalized and ransacked for valuables during the night. Please remember to lock your vehicles, even if they reside in an attached garage or carport.