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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Burglaries are increasing in Albany and police say they need your help to reverse that trend. Tuesday afternoon, the Albany Police Burglary Unit appealed to the public to watch out for burglars.

Police say burglars are hitting homes in all sections of Albany, stealing electronics, video games, x-boxes, and weapons.

Many of those items are being sold on the streets. Now Police hope to educate you about the problem so you can be on high alert in your neighborhood.

Burglaries are on the rise in Albany,

"We are experiencing a high volume of crime in all three districts," said Lt. James Williams, with the Albany Police Department.

And if you haven't been hit yet, police warn you to be aware and be prepared.

"As the old saying goes if you haven't had any rain in your life just wait a while its coming," said Williams.

In the last couple weeks the West Section, near the Merry Acres neighborhood, has had an especially high volume of activity.

"We are arresting people and we are putting people in jail, but we are still seeing the crimes being committed," said Williams.

And so are people who live there.

"There has been several cases where the neighborhood watch people have seen crime being committed," said Williams.

But officers do not think the burglaries are related and say different groups are responsible

"We will see burglaries occur on one side of town and then we will see another group of burglaries occur on another side of town," said Williams.

And many of the suspects they are encountering are just kids.

"We run into people as young as 12 years of age committing burglaries," said Williams.

Police have beefed up patrol in some areas and even put video surveillance in some spots.

"Now we are able to watch them when they don't think they are being watched," said Williams.

But Police really need the community to step up and help.

"If they should know or hear anyone that has or committed a crime we ask they report that individual to a law enforcement officer," said Williams.

And call as soon as they see something suspicious.

Police say you can remain anonymous and you may even get a reward for helpful information.

Officers have recovered some stolen items, but sometimes they don't know who those items belong to because they are not marked.

That's why police recommend engraving valuable items in case they are stolen. The Albany Police Department offers free engraving.

If you have any information about any recent burglaries or thefts in the area, call the Albany Police Department at 229-431-2100

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