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Charles Jackson turned over the tip on the stolen TV set that was found in the woods Charles Jackson turned over the tip on the stolen TV set that was found in the woods
Citizens say they're fed up with all the crime Citizens say they're fed up with all the crime
Ingrid Wilcox, President of the Southlake Association Ingrid Wilcox, President of the Southlake Association
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

People who live in a South Albany community complex say they are fed up with burglaries and break ins in their neighborhood. They have a new neighborhood watch and want help from police and city leaders.

 The group says there has been 17 break ins at their community in the last 6 months. 8 in the last two weeks.the latest yesterday. More than a dozen residents came out today to say they are fed up with the crime, and want it stopped. The neighbors who live at the Bridges at Southlake, the Landing at Southlake, and the Cove came out in force to say they are fed up with crime.

 "With doors being kicked in. Items being taken away,"  said Ingrid Wilcox, President of the Southlake Association.

This complex is a city-sponsored, private public partnership to develop the area. Ladonna Lewis is the latest burglary victim. Thursday morning she came home to find her front door kicked in, her 64 inch TV missing. 

 "It's happening almost every night. Something or someone is being broken into,"  Lewis said.

Lashona Hudson's home was burglarized the same way just weeks ago.  "Yes I'm, worried for my neighbors. We have the elderly right here. If somebody breaks in and they can't defend themselves, somebody could get killed."

 Some of the victims have moved out.  "This unit. This is a new door. It was broken into three times and she has moved. This unit is empty," Wilcox said.

Neighbors say strangers are nightly walking through this open gate from Oakridge Drive and roaming their complex.  "We just need to get all this riff raff out of the way. We need to be a strong community. Which we are building up to be, to be a strong community," Lula Jackson said.

Until July the complex had nightly security guards, but they were cut because of budget concerns. Now neighbors want city leaders to know they need help.  "We had security, they are gone. We were promised a gate by our ward commissioner when we had the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cove last year. And it's a year later," Wilcox said.

Now these folks have started a neighborhood watch, and talking to police about stepping up patrols. They say they like their homes and their neighbors, and they are going to fight to protect them.

The Bridges at Southlake property manager supports the neighborhood watch group.and while we were there called Vantage Management officials who run the complex. They authorized rehiring security guards to patrol the property again. The neighborhood watch group also made plans to attend city commission meetings to voice their concerns about crimes, and remind commissioners about the promise of gates around the complex.

Just minutes after we shot that story, a tip from the Southlake neighborhood led to the recovery of Ladonna Lewis' stolen TV. The big 64 inch TV was stolen yesterday morning, and was recovered in the ditch just off Oakridge Drive, hidden under a sheet.

A member of the neighborhood watch got the tip just after we left. Police were called, and the TV was dusted for fingerprints. Detectives came to investigate the kind of police response the neighborhood watch group had been asking for.

They are hoping police keep it up, and stop this rash of burglaries that has terrorized their community.