CPD urges caution after auto break-ins
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May 02, 2013 | 1896 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A rash of vehicle break-ins has Cartersville Police Department turning to the public for assistance.

“This type of crime tends to be cyclical. For example, as we experience warmer weather during the late evening and early morning hours as summer approaches, those who commit this type of crime tend to be out on the street later at night whereas during seasons of colder temperatures they are inclined to stay inside,” Chief Thomas Culpepper said in a release. “In addition, one trend we have seen during this recent increase is that several of the entering auto crimes have been committed when storms with high winds and heavy rains have been passing through the area.”

Culpepper said there are several things the public can do to help reduce the number of these crimes. First and foremost, report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood or in parking lots. Second, do not leave anything of value visible in a vehicle. This would include items such as laptop or tablet computers, cellphones, cameras, purses, jewelry, money, wallets or items that would be inviting to someone. Third, lock your vehicle. In the majority of instances where these types of crimes take place the vehicle was not locked. Fourth, if your car is in a garage, lock the garage doors. If your car must be parked outside in a driveway and there is a light close to the car, install a motion sensor light that will turn on if someone comes close to the vehicle.

Culpepper reminded the public that this type of crime is a crime of opportunity. An unlocked vehicle presents an easy opportunity. Visible valuables present another opportunity. If the vehicle is locked, the more valuable the visible items are, the more likely there will be a forcible entry into the vehicle. By locking the vehicle and by securing valuables in the trunk or preferably by completely removing them from the vehicle, opportunities for theft are reduced.

Call 911 if you observe any criminal activity or call the Cartersville Police Department tip line at 770-606-5337.

Cow collision causes CSX setback

A bevy of bovines struck by a train delayed the line in Adairsville Tuesday morning.

The herd, which the conductor said numbered about 10, according to Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling, was plowed into by the CSX train about 10:30 a.m. roughly 500 yards from White Road at Lacey Road.

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy reported deceased animals around the scene, along with injured cows in the creek bed and uninjured bovines standing along the fence line at the creek.

The deputy attempted to locate access to the “living and injured cows” but was “unable to dispatch the injured cows and re-secure the living cows.” The owner, who was unable to return to secure the animals, said a family member would handle the situation.

No damage was done to the train, which “continued on to its destination” after the report.

Woman breaks windshield in fit of anger

A woman angry with her husband over his choice of chauffeur broke the windshield of a vehicle Tuesday morning.

According to the BCSO report, Yvette Edmondson, 19, of White, became upset with her husband after he called his former fianc