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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:

VIDEO: Crash ends dramatic police chase in Tyrone

VIDEO: Crash ends dramatic police chase in Tyrone

TYRONE, Ga. – Two robbery suspects were taken to the hospital after a police chase in Tyrone on Friday.

The suspects allegedly stole boxes from the Bed, Bath and Beyond on Highway 74 on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City

Police in Tyrone spotted their vehicle and followed it.

When the car stopped at a BP gas station, one suspect got out while two more drove off, leading police on a chase.

The chase went through Fairburn and then onto I-85 north toward Union City and back onto Highway 74.

That's when the suspect's car collided with a truck that was pulling out of a store on Highway 74.

The car spun out of control and t-boned a utility pole.

Both suspects were injured and taken to the hospital.

Driver charged with DUI after passing stopped school bus

Driver charged with DUI after passing stopped school bus

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – A driver is facing DUI and other charges after being caught on camera passing a school bus stopped at a light.

An officer with the Peachtree City Police Department was on patrol near Booth Middle School Tuesday afternoon when dashcam captured the incident.

A school bus full of children was stopped at a light. As it pulled off, a driver started passing the bus on the right and rolled up on the curb.

The officer caught up with the driver, who is being charged with DUI.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

ATLANTA -- Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores.

A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes card numbers, postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a government bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified by current anti-virus software.

UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee says the company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack.

Atlanta-based UPS says it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at stores in 24 states, about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 franchised locations.

Man posts marijuana grow house on YouTube

Man posts marijuana grow house on YouTube

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga -- Police credit a Peachtree City man with helping them make a drug arrest. He gave them video evidence of the crime, now he's in jail.

Police arrested Zachary Peak, 29, of Peachtree City after viewing the video on his own YouTube channel. Police said the video shows an "obvious marijuana grow operation."

Peak was arrested for Indecent Exposure last Friday after they found him swimming in a public pool without any clothes on. When police made the arrest at Glenloch Recreation Center, Peak invited the officer to "check out his YouTube channel."

"The officer didn't think anything of it at first," said Lt. Mark Brown. "He eventually got around to find some time to look up the gentleman's YouTube page and found a significant grow house."

World Gym locker thief identified

World Gym locker thief identified

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police used the power of social media to identify a man accused of stealing from lockers at a local gym.

Brian Gordon, 40, of Kansas City, Mo., faces several felony counts of financial identity theft.

Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown said Gordon is accused of taking wallets from at least two lockers at the World Gym on Lexington Circle on Apr. 9.

The victims' credit cards were used within minutes of the theft at a Chevron and Best Buy in Newnan. Brown said the suspect made a $2,800 purchase at the Best Buy.

Police posted a picture of the suspect on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, which led to someone in another state identifying him as Gordon.

Anyone who can help Peachtree City Police catch Gordon is asked to call the department at 770-487-8866.

Fla. man arrested in Peachtree City for child molestation

Fla. man arrested in Peachtree City for child molestation

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Police Department has issued a warning for parents after a man was arrested for child molestation.

Joseph Lenn Lundstrom Jr., 30, of Middleburg, Fla., was arrested Sunday and charged with child molestation, sexual battery, enticing a child, loitering and driving on a suspended license.

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Police said Lundstrom met a Peachtree City 13 year old online and visited the child at least once.

Investigators have released a list of signs that children may be having inappropriate contact with strangers over the Internet:

* The child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night.

* The child has pornography on his or her computer.