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Guest column: The good and bad of social networking sites
by Larry Jacobs
Guest Columnist
July 18, 2013 10:25 AM | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officer Larry Jacobs
Officer Larry Jacobs
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Personally, I have never been a huge fan of social networking. That’s probably because I have always believed it to be a security risk. I have researched scams, seen crimes against children and have read reports on robberies, all because of the bad people on social networks.

The idea of these sites was started with the best intentions — to connect with family, friends and co-workers. As we well know, things started with the best intentions are able to be corrupted by criminals. The criminals will surf these sites looking for victims. They look for any vulnerability such as addresses, dates of births, social security numbers, people going out of town, children and the list goes on. Criminals lie and it’s easy because of the anonymity of the internet.

All of this is a good reminder to play it safe on social networking sites. Use them, but use them wisely. Don’t list private information. Keep an eye on your children because you know they use them, even if they tell you they don’t.

Now, from a police standpoint, social networking is a fantastic tool. The SSPD has popular Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please look us up. We keep the citizens updated on community events, public meetings, safety issues, road closures and lookouts on criminals, such as a bank robbery suspect or a hit and run. We put the information out there and before you know it, it goes out to thousands of people and then they forward it to thousands of others.

Speaking of communicating with the public, the Sandy Springs police utilize a service called Nixle. Nixle is a community information service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to the SSPD on important information that is relevant to you. Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer. Check out www.nixle.com.

Freebie: Penalties for Violations of Uniform Rules of the Road. Here are a few.

Code Section,    Offense,     Penalty

40-6-2,  Failure to Obey Person

Directing Traffic, 3 points

40-6-6,  Emergency Vehicle Violation, 3 points

40-6-10, No Insurance, Suspension-O.C.G.A. §40-5-70

40-6-11, No Proof of Insurance-Motorcycle, 3 points

40-6-14, Limits on Sound Volume,  3 points

40-6-15, Suspended/Revoked/Cancelled Registration  HV Contributor

40-6-16, “Move Over” Violation, 3 points

40-6-17, Use of Traffic-Control Device Preemption Emitter (while operating a motor vehicle), 3 points

40-6-20, Disregard of Traffic Control Device or Signal, 3 points

40-6-21, Failure to Obey Traffic Signal or Light, 3 points

40-6-23, Failure to Obey Flashing Signal,  3 points

40-6-24, Lane Direction Violation, 3 points

40-6-26(a), Tampering with Traffic Signs or Signals (while operating vehicle), 3 points

40-6-26(b), Operating Vehicle on Closed Roadway,  3 points

40-6-27, Tampering with Pavement Markers (while operating vehicle)   

40-6-40, Improper Lane Usage, 3 points

40-6-41, Failure to Yield to Oncoming Traffic, 3 points

Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached directly at ljacobs@sandyspringsga.gov.
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