By Maggie Lee

Sandy Springs shoppers can expect to be approached by police and volunteers this holiday season who are out saturating the city with a message: don’t leave valuables in your car and do lock the doors behind you.  They’ve got a bunch of other advice that will help prevent crime – and stress.

Crime doesn’t seem like a big deal when it happens to someone else, notes Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose, but once it happens at home, “people react in different ways, angry, lashing out.”

When the wound is fresh, sometimes Rose sometimes is told stories that are emotional more than strictly factual – which he understands.  “It’s good for people to get things off their chest,” he says.  But adds: “Burglars have criteria.” If you fit those criteria you are a potential target.