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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:

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

Burned body found in Gwinnett County park

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a park Wednesday morning.

A couple walking a dog discovered the remains on a pathway next to the pavilion at DeShong Park in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Thursday morning, Gwinnett County Police identified the body as that of 26-year-old Lauren Taylor of Dalton.

Taylor's remains will undergo an autopsy to determine her cause of death. Few other details were immediately available, but investigators are following multiple leads in this case.

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

Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

Mother gets life for suffocating 3-year-old daughter

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A DeKalb County woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering her young daughter.

Meriel Bemis pleaded guilty to suffocating 3-year-old Lela Bemis on Feb. 23 inside their Stone Mountain apartment.

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"As a mother, I could not begin to understand how and why (Meriel Bemis) would take the life of her innocent child in such a vicious way," DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dalia Racine said. "This sentence will never bring Lela back. However, there is justice in the fact that Meriel has assumed some level of responsibility and will serve a life sentence for her malicious acts."

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.

2 shot in DeKalb County

2 shot in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two young men were wounded in a shooting in DeKalb County Monday morning.

It happened shortly after midnight in the 2000 block of East Scarbrough Trail, a cul-de-sac near Covington Highway.

DeKalb County Police Sgt. Steven Dean said one victim, believed to be in his late teens, was found at Covington Highway and Scarbrough Drive. He had been shot more than once and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The second victim was dropped off at the hospital by friends, according to Dean. That victim appears to be in his early 20's. No names were released.

Police are investigating the shooting.

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