Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
January 2, 2007
Tifton-- It's a fairly constant problem, armed robbers sticking up gas stations and convenience stores across South Georgia. One thing that sometimes leads to their arrest and conviction is evidence from surveillance cameras. Unfortunately for some stores in Tifton, that's the one thing that was missing.
Several small pictures on a television screen aim to capture big crime in color. But there's been a problem lately in Tifton.
"Unfortunately it happens rather often," said Detective Raleigh Coarsey with the Tifton Police Department.
Robbers and shoplifters enter gas stations and convenience stores and leave with much more than they paid for. Watching eyes from cameras would normally capture the illegal shopping sprees on tape. However, some businesses recently didn't or couldn't press record.
"Video surveillance systems were either in the store but not operational or were not even installed on the premises," said Coarsey. Two different stores in Tifton were not recording video when robbers hit in the past week or so.
"In those instances, it would have made a huge difference," said Coarsey. Detective Raleigh Coarsey with Tifton Police says criminals sometimes can tell when a store does not have working surveillance sysems. Those stores can then become easy targets.
"In some cases, they're clearly aware of the surveillance systems in place either that's not in use or they're cautious of where they look or where they enter the store," said Coarsey. So Tifton Police encourages businesses to utilize technology. Police can use other methods like fingerprinting to catch a suspect but Coarsey says nothing can make a charge stick like surveillance can.
"When a judge or jury sees that, there's no replacing it," said Coarsey. There's no replacing a sense of security either. "If you don't have a video surveillance system, sooner or later you may wish you did," said Coarsey.
It's a price that some businesses are now paying after they got surprised with their eyes closed.
Detective Coarsey says cases are easier for the District Attorney's office to prosecute when they have those surveillance tapes to review. A decent surveillance camera can cost as little as $200.