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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:

Boston fugitive arrested in Atlanta

Boston fugitive arrested in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man on the Boston Police Department's Most Wanted List was arrested in Atlanta Friday morning.

Tyrone J. Shorter, 24, was taken into custody at a Buckhead apartment complex.

Shorter was wanted in Boston for two armed robberies. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Massachusetts.

U.S. Marshals and Atlanta Police arrested Shorter. Marshals spokesperson Gavin Duffy said police used information gathered by Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta to track down the fugitive.

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

FBI and police hunt violent robbing crew

ATLANTA -- The FBI said they are pooling information with three Atlanta area police agencies looking for a connection between at least six violent robberies, including a bank robbery in Smyrna Tuesday.

Three suspects wearing dark clothes and masks robbed the Regions Bank on Cumberland Parkway in a "take over" style robbery, according to Cobb County police. All three suspects were armed with handguns.

"Any time you take guns into a bank, it is a stressful situation for not only the tellers and customers, but also for the robbers," said FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett. "They are very jacked up and a tragedy is just a trigger pull away."

Porsche-driving suspects sought after Jeep stolen

Porsche-driving suspects sought after Jeep stolen

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are searching for suspects after a man's Jeep was stolen shortly after he arrived at a Buckhead gym Thursday morning.

It happened at around 5:45 a.m. on the top level of the parking deck at 3535 Peachtree Road NE.

The victim told police he was walking into LA Fitness when a black Porsche Panamera with four suspects inside pulled into the lot.

One of the suspects got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim tossed the suspect the keys to his Jeep and said all his valuables were inside. The suspect drove away in the Jeep with the Porsche following, according to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones.

The victim was not injured. He described the suspects as four black men. Two appeared to be in their mid-20's, while the other two looked about 12 years old, according to the victim.

Buckhead Benihana robbery could be inside job

Buckhead Benihana robbery could be inside job

ATLANTA -- Authorities believe the armed robbery of a Benihana restaurant in Buckhead was an inside job.

The store was robbed by three men on Aug. 10 at around 11:30 p.m., as the location was closing for the evening.

Atlanta Police Capt. Adam Lee III said a handful of Benihana employees were smoking cigarettes behind the restaurant at 2143 Peachtree Road when they were approached by the suspects.

Two suspects held the employees at gunpoint while the third person entered the restaurant, shoved the manager to the ground and forced him to open the safe. Lee said the location's general manager believes the suspects stole about $10,000 in cash.

The suspects were wearing masks, but Lee said police reviewed surveillance video from inside the restaurant. Authorities say the suspects knew exactly where to go during the heist, indicating they have worked at the location before.

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson