'Chai & Just Chat' Forum Tackles Spike In Burglaries

The forum will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Johns Creek Event Center.

JOHNS CREEK, GA — The next installment of Chai & Just Chat will feature members of the state's criminal justice, law enforcement and crime prevention sectors who will discuss crime rates and patterns in the metro Atlanta area.

The Saturday, Dec. 8 forum will be held at 4 p.m. at the Johns Creek Event Center at 11455 Lakefield Drive. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at 3:30 p.m. with networking and appetizers provided by Swagat Indian Cuisine.

Saturday's installment will feature Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. and Fulton County Chief Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney. Panelists will address the recent spike in burglaries and thefts of jewelry and gold from east Indian and Asian communities,

which are "targeted by thieves for their heirloom ritual gold and jewelry," organizers said.

Others slated to participate in the panel include Omotayo Alli, chief administration officer, Fulton County Juvenile Court; Hashim Ahmedani, a deputy with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office; Urmil Tracy Marshall, a member of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Task Force; Trey Holladay, president, Johns Creek Community Association; Carl Route Jr., Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta; Nandita Godbloe, author and residential and business theft observer; and Jason Palmer, a security expert with Phoenix Security Systems.

The forum will also touch on cyber crimes and how law enforcement, the justice system, neighborhood associations, community groups, and social programs are working in coordination with one another and vulnerable populations leading into the holiday season.

The panel will be hosted and moderated by Dr. Nazeera Dawood of Johns Creek. You can click here to learn more about the forum and to RSVP.

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