Holiday shopping season is coming up fast

Judging by the appearance of Christmas tree lots on busy street corners and the hanging of the Christmas wreaths in downtown areas, the busy holiday shopping season is close.

That means an increased chance of getting your car broken into if you leave something in it that a thief wants.  It’s simple to say, but a little harder to do: Do not leave anything in your vehicle. This is no guarantee that your car will not get broken into, but it sure does lower the chances.

If you must leave an item in your vehicle, hide it. In the trunk, if you can. Make sure to put it there before you get to where you are going.  That way, someone is not sitting in the parking lot watching you put your stuff in the trunk.

The choice is yours.  Don’t be surprised when your car gets broken into when you leave your laptop or cellphone sitting on the passenger seat.

The SSPD along with all of your other local police agencies work very hard to prevent this crime.  We catch criminals all of the time breaking into cars, but your police need your help.  As I have stated in previous articles, there are around 93,000 full time Sandy Springs residents, that number goes up to 300,000 during a workday and there are 127 fulltime SSPD officers.

Please, remove items from your vehicle, lock your doors and dial 911 if you see anyone suspicious.

Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department.  He can be reached at

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.