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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta Police are implementing a crime fighting program that worked well when they tested it last year.

The Saber program helps deploy more cops to higher crime areas. 

Every week, Valdosta police receive heat index maps.  They show which parts of town have the most burglaries. Officers spend the majority of their shifts patrolling these areas.

"We have additional officers out there, just dedicated to the Saber program," says Commander Brian Childress.  "Those officers are dedicated to riding those heat index areas--those heat blooms. I've got to tell you--the first week we did that, we were able to catch a burglar breaking into a residence during the day shift. It's been an effective program."

During its trial run last year, the Saber program helped reduce burglaries by almost 30%.

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