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APD wants businesses to be proactive

October 10, 2007

Albany--  Albany Police delivered some encouraging news Wednesday night.  Burglaries are down. But they say business owners need to work together to keep it that way.

APD says burglaries declined 25 percent downtown and more than 30 percent citywide since last month.  They credit more foot patrols and more vigilance by business owners. At a Downtown Business Owners meeting, a new downtown business watch program was formed to keep an eye out for criminals.

"A lot of times a criminal is going to play upon that. When they see a reduction or deterrance in crime in some of the areas, a lot of times they're hoping that the citizens will sort of drop their guard and it therefore opens them up to be easy targets," said Lt. Kenn Singleton with APD.  

Police also urge business owners to get an alarm or lock for their air-conditioning units to prevent theft. Another crime-fighting tool will be a 16-camera surveillance system for the Riverfront District. City leaders hope to have it up and running in the next six months.

For more information on the downtown business watch or to sign up, contact Lt. Singleton at 229-431-2100.  The next meeting will be held on the second Tuesday in November.  The meeting should start at 6.

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