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Vagrants pose fire hazards as winter approaches

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When the temperature dips, police and firefighters are on the lookout for vagrants. They tend to build fires in vacant buildings to stay warm.

They're also prime places for drug deals and prostitution. APD is working with the Salvation Army to provide adequate shelter for homeless people so they work to provide a better future for themselves. 

Police will respond when they receive complaints from neighbors regarding vagrants.

"It's someone's property they're entering into," said Sgt. Keithen Hall with the Albany Police Department. "We strongly suggest, for their safety and ours, that they go to the Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army."

The Salvation Army does not accept guests who are currently abusing drugs, alcohol, or have a criminal history. Vagrants account for about 20 percent of fires the Albany Fire Department fights each year.


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