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Police warned us recently to expect an increase in crime this summer. It happens most every year when kids are out of school. Many of them have too much time on their hands and too little supervision.

While parents can't be held responsible for everything their children do, it is their responsibility to do everything they can to keep their kids out of trouble, and there's plenty of help out there for them.

There are all sorts of programs that not only keep young people busy, but teach them positive life skills. And many of them are free. The National Youth Sports Program has been a summertime tradition in Albany for decades.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office sponsors the CHAMPS camp. Churches all over the region put on Vacation Bible Schools. And the Boys and Girls Club has molded lives for generations.

Parents need to take advantage of these and other resources. It's good for their kids and the whole community.