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July 31, 2007

Albany--Communities in southwest Georgia are planning to join the rest of the nation in throwing a 'going away party' for crime next week.

The event is all part of this year's National Night Out.

More than 11,000 communities all over the country will take part in the event on August 7th.

Albany police and surrounding communities have been participating in National Night Out for about twenty years now.

The event will take place at various locations throughout the city.

The goal of National Night Out is to bring communities together in order to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts.

The Burglary Prevention Council reports that U.S. homes are burglarized every 11 seconds--with nearly sixty percent of all burglaries occurring in daylight hours.

The Albany Housing Authority is spearheading the National Night Out event at several of their housing locations.

There, residents will meet with Albany police and learn how to keep their communities crime free.

"We certainly have crime like we have crime all across the community and across the nation. And sometimes it seems to ebb and flow. We get times when it's very quiet and times when when you get some criminal element that comes in and starts taking advantage of a situation," says Dan McCarthey with the Albany Housing Authority.

"The citizens are always going to be the eyes and ears of any police department. They're going to see more than what we see. And basically, the National Night Out program is all about getting together and sharing that type of information," says Lt. Kenn Singleton with the Albany Police Department.

While home break-ins are often the most common crime in neighborhoods, the biggest problem communities face are unwanted guests.

The Albany Housing Authority will hold its National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Holley Homes Community Center on 921 Cherry Avenue.

There, residents and other folks throughout the community can interact with police--all while enjoying some free food.

At the event free school supplies will be handed out as well as prizes.