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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you live in Dougherty County, chances are you've either been a victim of crime, 0r you know someone who has.

Crime is quickly becoming the number one complaint local politicians hear from voters.

So now, Dougherty County Commissioners are looking for a way to lower crime county-wide, and they're calling on all law enforcement agencies to work together.

As County Commission Chairman, Jeff Sinyard is all too familiar with the recent rash of burglaries and thefts that have plagued the community, but he's also experienced the problem first hand.

Now, he's gathered the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney, and Police Department to take back all of our neighborhoods.

Regardless of where they live in Dougherty County, people are calling Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard and complaining about crime. If he's not listening to a complaint, he's making one to the police himself.

"We've had a break in here," said Sinyard. "We've had the compressor stolen from the air condition off the top of our building, which Is 15 feet up in the air. My parents have been burglarized, my home has been burglarized, so I understand it. But it's not me, it's everybody throughout the county."

That's why he's called upon the Sheriff, D. A., and County Police Chief to come to task to combat crime.

"We're specifically discussing ways to best utilize our resources to be able to get these thugs under control and take our streets back in the county."

Commissioner Jack Stone says he, too, is fielding complaints. He wants judges to be involved and hand down harsh penalties.

"Banish 'em from Dougherty County be fine with me," said Stone. "I don't care what they do. Make 'em leave the people alone. The people that pay taxes. The people that pay for this county, they are sick and tired of it."

And even a little scared. "I went and got me a pistol toting license the other day myself. Never had one in 60 some years, never had one," said Stone.

Just to keep yourself safe? we asked.

"I'm scared of the streets. Aren't you?" he asked. 

Commissioner Jack Stone isn't alone in getting a concealed weapons permit.

Applications are up about 30 percent this year over 2007. In fact, about 3,500 Dougherty Countians now have gun toting permits.

Jeff Sinyard met with the law enforcement agencies Monday, and hopes to have a plan of attack in place in a couple of weeks.

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