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Albany Police encourage Neighborhood Watch groups

November 6, 2007

Albany-  It's an increase in gang violence that has Albany Police urging residents to help by policing their own streets.

In downtown Albany alone in October, police received four thousand police calls. Tuesday Police and the Recreation and Parks Department held a Neighborhood Watch Seminar to help take back Albany Neighborhoods. It's working in one East Albany neighborhood.

Harold Williams spends as much time as possible doing yard work in his East Albany neighborhood, but also watching his street.

"I work those flower beds early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and at night," said Harold Williams, Block Watch Captain.

Williams had thieves cut cables and steal his porch furniture, that was the last draw. Police say his Neighborhood watch has cut crime in Colonial Village subdivision.

"The citizens of the city are what we depend on and they are the eyes and ears for us," said Lt. Eddie Jones, Albany Police.

Harold Williams also walks two blocks to pull weeds at this flower garden and watch. That's what police say you need to do watch the criminals because they're watching you.

"Most criminals they are most successful when no one sees them. When a lot of people are watching, it's hard to break into a house when everyone in the neighborhood is watching and will call the police and give a physical description," said Jones.

Williams success has inspired Odessa Solomon who wants to start a Neighborhood Watch in Seay Village on the south side.

"We're trying to stop it before it does get there and we want to take care of the children get the kids involved in a lot of things so there won't be the crime," said Odessa Solomon.

At Tuesday's meeting many questioned why there aren't more police patrolling Albany streets. Police say they can't be everywhere which is why they need help from residents. Williams says he simply didn't want to spend his retirement living in fear.

"You have to take the action, you have to initiate the thing yourself, you have to dial 911," said Williams.

With his neighborhood, lit up he thinks it's criminals who should fear being caught.

Albany Police say they want to be a resource for communities wanting to take back their neighborhoods, by setting up a neighborhood watch. You can get by help calling the Albany Police at 431-2100.  



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