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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Police: Server stole customers' credit card numbers

Police: Server stole customers' credit card numbers

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A Forest Park woman has been charged with stealing credit card information while working as a server in Dunwoody.

Nicey Marie Joseph, 26, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on several charges, including three counts of financial transaction card fraud, two counts of identity fraud and two counts of elder exploitation.

Police said Joseph began working at an Olive Garden restaurant on Ashford Dunwoody Road in June 2014. She is accused of connecting a mobile card reader to her smartphone, then using it to steal customers' credit card numbers when they paid for their meals. Dunwoody Police spokesman Tim Fecht said in at least three cases, Joseph stole more than $5,000 from customers.

Joseph also faces possible charges for doing the same thing to customers at a restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla.

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

Police: Crime down this summer in DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Police Department's Summer Crime Initiative appears to be paying off.

Monday morning, the department announced it has seen reductions in three crime categories. Residential burglaries are down 17 percent, pedestrian robberies are down 10 percent and entering auto cases are down nine percent this summer.

New strategies used to prevent and reduce crime in DeKalb County include 24-hour specialized operations, bike patrols and curfew enforcement.

"The reduction in crime statistics proves that the investments we are making in police and fire personnel pay dividends," DeKalb County interim CEO Lee May said in a release.

May said the police department plans to add 160 more sworn officers and 100 patrol cars by the end of 2014.

2 arrested in Dunwoody home burglary

2 arrested in Dunwoody home burglary

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police have arrested two people for a home burglary this week.

It happened at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Fontainebleau Drive.

The homeowner discovered the burglary in progress while checking his home security system, according to police. He called 911 and officers were dispatched to the house, where they found a silver Chevrolet Tahoe parked outside.

When the car's driver, 34-year-old Chantel Dione Fontaine of Stone Mountain, spotted police, she drove away. Investigators chased the car until it crashed into a fence in the 2300 block of Spalding Drive. Fontaine was arrested at the scene.

A second suspect, 23-year-old Christopher Rashad Thomas of Doraville, was discovered inside the house. He tried to run from police, but was captured and taken into custody.

Dunwoody girl propositioned by suspect in minivan

Dunwoody girl propositioned by suspect in minivan

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who propositioned an underage girl.

It happened at around 4:20 p.m. Thursday on Chamblee Dunwoody Road near Wynterhall Drive.

The victim told police she was walking home when a minivan pulled up alongside her. She said the driver made inappropriate comments to her, and that she ran toward a neighbor's house to get away.

The victim described the suspect as a black man in his 30's with a small Afro. His vehicle was a tan minivan, possibly a mid-1990's Ford Windstar. Police said they issued a lookout for the van, but did not find it.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Dunwoody Police at 678-382-6916.

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing at least two victims was arrested Monday at Greenbriar Mall.

Marquez Hodge, 21, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police.

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Dunwoody Police believe Hodge is one of three suspects accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Sunday night at the Chateau at Dunwoody apartment complex on Tilly Mil Road. The victim's purse and car were taken, according to Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht

Hodge is also accused of a Sunday evening carjacking in Sandy Springs. Fecht said police found two handguns and stolen items from both robberies in Hodge's possession when he was arrested.

Dunwoody car theft suspect arrested

Dunwoody car theft suspect arrested


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of stealing a television and then a car in Dunwoody Monday morning has been arrested.

Steven Jerome Jackson, 51, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on charges of theft by taking, shoplifting and hit and run.

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Police said the incident began when Jackson tried to shoplift a television from the Walmart on Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Jackson drove away from the store in a white Dodge Challenger. Police tried to pull over the car on Ashford Dunwoody Road near Perimeter Center North, but Jackson refused to stop, according to Dunwoody Police Ofc. Tim Fecht.