Officers from Cobb County Police Department Precinct 2 were on hand to chat with neighbors over coffee at Panera Bread Company on the East-West Connector Wednesday evening.
Officers Penirelli and Conwell of the Cobb County Police Department‘s Community Affairs Unit answered questions and listened to the concerns of residents who sat around a long table supplemented by adjacent tables.
Among the things discussed were traffic, auto break-ins, and blighted apartments and businesses.
Penirelli said that when there is a rash of auto break-ins in a neighborhood the cars targeted tend to be unlocked cars. He said that in a recent string of six break-ins every one of the cars had been left unlocked.
The officers also told residents about the nuisance abatement program the police department and code enforcement can use on apartments that have a large number of police calls associated with them.
The program is run by the Community Development Department, and according to the county website:“The complaint should charge at least one of the following with regard to the property:
- Property is unfit for human habitation or for commercial, industrial, or business use and not in compliance with applicable codes
- Property is vacant and being used in connection with the commission of drug crimes
- Property constitutes an endangerment to the public health or safety as a result of unsanitary or unsafe conditions”
Penirelli said that if the property is determined to be a nuisance the landlord has to agree to a plan to remedy the problems and to fix the problems within a set time-frame, or risk penalties.
He encouraged residents who have installed video monitoring systems to register them with the police department and to point some of the cameras to neighboring properties. He said the purpose of registering the system is that if a crime occurs police have a record of neighbors who might have recorded the incident.
Coffee with a Cop is held periodically in all precincts. We post the schedules here on the Cobb County Courier. The October schedule is posted here.