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APD Chief: Protect your property

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Property crimes like burglaries continue to be a major crime issue in Albany. The Police Chief says crooks are using alleys to case out thefts, and he is asking homeowners to make their homes less attractive to thieves, in both the front and the back.

Albany Police Chief John Proctor said because of the significant increase in burglaries this year, he has gone out to theft scenes and rode the alleys around Albany to better understand the city's biggest crime problem.

"I have personally gone out and worked some of these property crimes. I want to encourage our community to better secure their property," Proctor said.

We rode some alleys, and saw out in plain sight lawnmowers, tractors, jet skis, boats, golf carts, and other high dollar items.

"I ask that they protect the backside of their properties as well as their front sides. Don't make it inviting for folks to come into your property."

Chief Proctor is also urging people to keep watch on your alleys, and report suspicious persons walking or driving down alleys.

 "Don't worry about offending people. If you see a strange person in your neighborhood and you feel they should not be there, call the Police. That is why we are here."

Everyone can't afford tall fences, but Police say there are ways to safeguard your belongings, and Officers will come to your home and give you security tips.

 "Call us about crime prevention tips, we'll come out and personally survey their properties and give them tips about how they can better service their property."

Because many of these burglaries and thefts are being done by children, Chief Proctor said part of solving this crime issue is parents, making sure their teens are not involved in crime. 

If you would like Albany Police to survey your property and give you tips to better protect it from crooks, call them at 431-2100 and set up an appointment.

As of May of this year, there have been nearly 2200 property crimes. That's up almost 25% over this time last year.

Here's a breakdown:

  • 7 arsons
  • 720 Burglaries
  • 1340 larcenies
  • 132 auto thefts

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