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January 21, 2007

Albany -- An East Albany neighborhood watch group has seen a noticeable drop in crime since encouraging their neighbors to keep an eye out for each other. Members of the Colonial Village group now want everyone throughout the city to organize a watch group in their own neighborhoods, to cut crime down city-wide. They've planned a unique way to spread their message.

South Albany resident Rosa Stevenson came to church this Sunday of course to hear a message from God, but she also learned more about these neighborhood watch groups forming around town. As a burglary victim herself, she wants a crime watch for her own neighborhood.

"Everyday I turn the news on when I get home from work I hear about somebody have been victimized, and that's sad," said Rosa Stevenson.

She says it's sad somebody would stoop so low and steal, but she's happy to know there are honest people who want to fight back against these criminals.

Like the group wearing blue who visited her church, First Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, and shared how neighborhood watch makes a difference on their streets.

This is the first stop for the Colonial Village East Albany Neighborhood Watch Group. After this they plan to visit churches around Albany and spread their message.

Spearheading the city-wide outreach is Block Captain Harold Williams.

Williams was asked, "What are some of the messages you'll be taking to these churches to share with them?"

"We're going to let them know that we will help them organize. They will contact me and we will take it back over to our precinct at District 4, and we will get the information they need to help them organize where they are located, anywhere in the city," said Colonial Village Block Captain Harold Williams.

Williams says if more people hear about neighborhood watch, then more will be involved. And visiting churches is one way to reach them. The watch group's church visit sparked Rosa Stevenson's interest.

"I'm going home to talk to my neighbors today. Mr. Williams is a good example of what can be done in neighborhoods," said Stevenson.

Concerned Albany residents want more people to get involved in neighborhood watches, to cut crime all over town.

Anyone interested in starting a neighborhood watch in their own neighborhood is encouraged to do so. Williams is willing to help anyone get started. You can contact him through the Albany Police District Four Department or at 229-432-0211.

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