In 2013, the VVHA established the Vinings Security Patrol with the goal of reducing crime by increasing Cobb Police visibility in Vinings. Cobb Police Officers patrol additional hours in marked Cobb County Police vehicles within the Vinings community. This effective program is funded by the voluntary VVHA Security Fee.
In 2020, the VVHA enhanced the Security Patrol by partnering with Flock Safety to install License Plate reading cameras. License Plate Numbers are the #1 piece of evidence police request in case of criminal activity such as home invasion and car break-ins.
The Flock cameras monitor all vehicles “entering” Vinings. Data from the cameras goes directly to the Cobb County Police in real-time. Both on-duty officers and off-duty police officers working for the Vinings Village Security Patrol receive alerts from the cameras. The historic data is available to the Cobb County Police Department for 30 days.
Flock Safety's cameras are entirely self-sufficient; they are solar powered and send footage/data via mobile technology to a secure cloud-based network unique to our community. The cameras record footage and have both day and night-time capability to read and record license plate numbers that pass through our community.
Privacy is a concern for Vinings Village and Flock Safety. The footage/data that is collected is automatically deleted after 30 days and is accessible only by the Cobb County Police Department. In the event of a crime, the CCPD can download the footage/data for their internal use.
Security Patrol Participation
The Vinings Security Patrol is funded from the VVHA Security Patrol Membership. The expense to maintain the program, both the Cobb County Police Patrol and Flock Security cameras, is an annual recurring cost and funding is dependent on resident participation in the program.
Further, the Flock Safety system would be more robust if vehicle movement in both directions could be monitored (both entering and exiting vehicles). However, better participation in the Vinings Village Security Patrol is needed to make this possible.
If you have not already done so, we ask that you consider joining the Vinings Village Security Patrol to help make our community safer. Thank you to our current Security Patrol members who have made this system possible!
Non - Emergency
Vinings Precinct #3
Precinct Captain: H.P.Hagebak
Cobb County Emergency Alert System
Doors and Entry Areas:
Are your doors of solid core construction?
Do entry doors have a wide-angle viewer?
Are the door locks secure if a burglar breaks out the glass or a panel of the door?
Do exterior doors have cylinder-type deadbolt locks with at least a one-inch throw and a beveled cylinder guard?
Do the doors without cylinder locks have a heavy bolt or some similar secure device that can be operated only from the inside?
Can all of your doors (basement, porch, french, balcony) be securely locked?
Do your basement doors have locks that allow you to isolate that part of the house?
Are all your locks in good repair?
Are the door strike plates installed with at least three-inch wood screws?
Do you know everyone who has a key to your house?
Do all out swinging doors have the hinges pinned or have non-removable pins?
Are entry areas unobstructed by shrubbery and other decor to permit maximum visibility?
Does the porch light have a minimum 60-watt bulb?
Do sliding doors have auxiliary locks, that secure both the door panels together?
Do sliding glass doors lift out of the track?
Is the garage door secured with a padlock, hasp, or other auxiliary lock?
Do you lock your garage door at night?
Do you lock your garage door when you are away from home?
Do you lock your car and take the keys even when it is parked in your garage?
Are all windows equipped with auxiliary key locks or pinned?
Have you replaced or secured Louvere windows?
Are your window locks properly secured, mounted?
Do you keep your windows locked when they are shut?
Do you use locks that allow you to secure a window that is partly opened?
Do you have secure locks on garage windows?
Do you have garage windows that are covered by curtains?
Are basement and second floor windows as secure as those on the first floor?
Are your alarm systems activated with audible alarm when you leave?
Are your alarm system signs displayed where potential thieves will see them?
Do you notify your neighbors when out of town?
Do you stop newspaper deliveries when away?
Are lights installed around the perimeter of your home?
Do you keep excess cash and other valuables in a bank?
Do you "hide" a key under the door mat?
Are your trees and shrubs trimmed to eliminate hiding places?
Have you made it more difficult for the burglar to gain access to a second floor or roof!
Have you told your family what to do if they discover a burglar breaking in or already in the house?
Do you have emergency telephone numbers listed by your phone?
Do you keep a list of the serial numbers for your cameras, TV's, VCR's and other similar items?
Do you have a description of other valuable property that does not have an assigned number?
*If going out of town for an extended time, consider calling Cobb County Police to request a daily security check while you are away.
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