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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - They're trying to outsmart criminals.

A group of south Georgians met in Albany Thursday night to vent their concerns about crime and find a way to do something about it.

"It isn't going to help if you're scared to speak to somebody," said Helen Coates, Albany.

Coats was just one of the faces in the crowd who call Albany home.

"Sometimes I'm in my bed at 1:30 in the morning and somebody drives by with the music so loud it seems like the car is jumping up and down," said Coats.

From loud music to drug sales, they talked about everything, with community activists and the Dougherty county sheriff.

"These citizens want to take back control of what use to be theirs," said Kirk R. Smith, Organizer.

They're here to let law enforcers know they want to see more of them in the streets, and more action taken to make those streets safe.

Coats says meetings like this are good but people, especially parents need to be more involved in the lives of young people.

"We've got a lot of ignorant children, and we've got a lot of ignorant parents they do not understand it's important to raise that baby from the cradle up," said Coates.

Many at the meeting walked away with names, numbers, and other information about who to contact to help facilitate the change they want to see.

"We're going to send a message to the criminals," said Smith.

Send a message to criminals that the people in this room won't tolerate crime.

People from Colquitt and Worth Counties also attended the meeting.

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