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APD pushes to keep vagrants out of abandoned houses

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's cold outside and next week we could have an extended period of low temperatures in the 20's.

That early taste of winter has police warning home and business owners to keep vacant buildings locked up to keep vagrants out.

"Secure those businesses by making sure they're locked properly and boarded up," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Media Manager.

A Jackson Road community has one less property they have to worry about vagrants trying to sleep in.

Built in 1888 The Alpha Kappa Alpha building at 606 North Jackson was razed 122 years later. It deteriorated and in the recent past has been sitting vacant. Which made it a perfect spot for vagrants.

Albany Police say during the winter months, it's also important not leave your car idling and unsecured to warm it up. That's just inviting thieves.

They say you shouldn't hesitate to report any suspicious activity, especially around vacant buildings.

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