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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:

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twelve metro Atlanta residents were arrested in Boise, Idaho, after attempting to buy high-dollar gift cards with “credit card numbers stolen in one of the major corporate security breaches,” according to police.

Detectives believe the suspects traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash.

Arrested are:

Jonathan Kennard Penn, 20, Suwanee

Charles Ontavious Moore, 25, Stone Mountain

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Fire officials want to speak with two teens spotted near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday at a structure in the 1900 block of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Crews were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors.

The single-story house was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said it was not the first fire at the location, but the building was a total loss after Saturday's event. No one was hurt.

As the house had no utilities, Rutledge said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man is in jail after fatally stabbing his stepfather during an argument.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 300 block of Congress Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the argument started over a puppy. The suspect, Diamond Mason, brought the puppy into the home about a week ago. Mason's stepfather, 51-year-old Joseph Kollie, didn't approve and asked the suspect to remove the puppy.

The pair's final argument about the puppy began late Tuesday night. At some point, Mason grabbed two large kitchen knives and stabbed Kollie several times, Ritter said.

Kollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Mason was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, and is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Snellville husband and wife were arrested for keeping their home in such deplorable condition that their children were removed by the state.

Alan Gregory Tate, 52, and Jacqueline Marie Tate, 46, were charged with first-degree cruelty to children. Bail was set at $5,700 each.

Snellville Police Capt. C.G. Roberts said DFCS removed the couple's two sons, ages 17 and 15, from the house in the 1800 block of Pharrs Road. The teens were released to their grandparents' custody.

Health officials called the home an "imminent health hazard" and said they found cockroaches, cat feces and trash everywhere.

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

Phone scam reported in Gwinnett County

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- At least three Gwinnett County women have fallen victim to a recent phone scam, and now police are hoping to pass along information that could help prevent future cases.

Four people have come forward, saying they received calls from someone claiming to be Lt. Pierson with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division.

The suspect told the victims they had outstanding warrants for failure to appear for a jury summons. They were asked to use pre-paid debit cards to pay the associated fines and avoid arrest. All four victims told police the caller sounded professional and was very convincing.

Three victims purchased Green Dot MoneyPak cards over the phone in the amounts of $525, $810 and $962. The fourth victim did not make a purchase.

Suspect creeps up on women and robs them

Suspect creeps up on women and robs them

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are warning shoppers to be aware of a man who is creeping up on women and stealing their valuables right out of their purses -- and he's being very bold about it.

Snellville Police released surveillance video of the suspect who stole a woman's wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the Kroger on Highway 124. They're convinced he's done it before.

The video shows a woman shopping; while she's looking for a product in one of the aisles, the man creeps up behind her, reaches into her purse and steals her wallet.

"Her purse is laying in the top basket of the shopping cart and its wide open," said Snellville Police Capt. Carey Roberts.