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Citizens plan to fight crime

July 30, 2006

Albany-- Some Albany citizens are fed up with crime in their neighborhoods, so much that they've pulled together to end it. Members of a new East Albany Neighborhood Watch program recognize that it will be a big battle, but it's one they're willing to fight.  

Sunday afternoon, a quiet and peaceful time in this East Albany neighborhood. But residents say it's not always this way.

"There are incidents going on in our neighborhood," says City Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard. They see burglaries, robberies, drugs and suspicious activity.  They're angry about it.

"What more can we do?," asks one area resident.

Citizens spent the evening filling a room with their concerns.

"We were allowed to vent some frustrations and some anger," says Hubbard. Anger that City Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard shares.  She lives in the area.  She's seen her fair share of crime.

"Just last year, I was sitting in my house and my garage was up and two young men came in and grabbed a 12-pack of Pepsi," says Hubbard. It's a small incident but she feels its those crimes that can lead to bigger.  An organized neighborhood watch will be a good weapon to prevent more crime from happening. Harold Williams organized the watch.

"I think once the community comes together, it's going to work good for the community and assist the police more," says Williams.

Assistance to police will come from neighbors being what they call nosy. "If someone goes in a yard or in a house and they're not supposed to be there, these neighbors are going to call the police," says Hubbard.

They'll look for people standing on corners or people they feel just don't belong in their neighborhoods and Albany Police welcomes their calls.

"Get details on what you need us to do and we can do exactly what you need us to do," said an Albany officer.

This they hope will get things accomplished and keep these neighborhoods quiet like a Sunday evening. "We can make this a safe city and safe area to live in," says Hubbard.

Albany Police says they can't do it by themselves and urge citizens to call when they see crime.  Calls can be anonymous but they should be detailed so police can know what or who to look for. Police say they're working on hiring new police officers and some are in the process of being trained.

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