Dougherty County -- Violent crime is up in unincorporated parts of Dougherty County.
The overall crime in the county is down two percent, but Dougherty County Police have seen an increase in aggravated assaults, following a trend in the city of Albany.
Last year at this time they had responded to 32 aggravated assaults. This year, they've investigated 35.
Officers say the only way to combat this trend is through communication with the people they serve.
"There is no one thing, but of course we try to identify problem areas and concentrate patrol and activities to address those. But we really just emphasize quality contact with the community," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.
Property crimes in Dougherty County are down by almost three percent.