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City leaders want to light the night

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders hope to shed light on crime.

City commissioners are looking at ways to improve street lighting in several high-crime areas. Some parts of the city either have low-lighting or no lighting at all.

Commissioners feel if they light up the night, it would help deter crime. The improvements would cost at least $50,000.

"It may cost a little bit more but I think when it comes to public safety, this is important. It's an economic development issue as well because we want tourists to come here and feel safe," said Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta.

The city is looking into special shielded lighting to prevent people from shooting them out. They want to start improvements downtown. After some research from public safety, commissioners plan to vote on changes by next month.

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