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November 22, 2005

Albany--Crime victims want Albany city leaders to beef up police protection. Police are investigating a string of seven armed robberies of people in various neighborhoods in less than a week.

Tonight, neighbors asked city commissioners to spend more tax money on the police department.

Several people from the Lake Park community showed up at tonight's commission meeting.

Friday night gunmen robbed two families in the neighborhood. Neighbors say more officers are needed to prevent crime.

"I've lived in the home that I'm in right now for several years, and I've not see one single policeman come down my alley ever," says Lake Park resident, Mark Murphy.

Right now, the Albany Police Department is only 80% staffed. There are more than 30 vacancies for sworn officers.

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