APD holds press conference, urges community to be more vigilant
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
It's armed robberies at businesses throughout Albany, that APD is working hard to prevent.
"We want to ensure
and let our citizens know that we have a job to do and we are here to do our
job and portions of our job is to protect and serve," said Schemika
Foster, APD detective.
APD held a news conference
Thursday to get the word out to businesses as well as individuals to protect
themselves from robbers.
"When dealing with
businesses we advise as also with residents, ensure that your business well
lit, if possible we ask that businesses especially dealing with convenient
stores or gas stations we ask that you have some sort of surveillance in your
business, that helps a lot," said Foster.
Nicole Miller works at
Flash Foods on North Slappey, her store is equipped with cameras, ready to
catch any robber or thief who strikes.
"Yes we have plenty
of cameras; we actually got eight more cameras that no one can see," said
Nicole has dealt with
shoplifters, but luckily she hasn't come face to face with a robber.
"I have banned people
I have caught people, I actually have had to walk up to some people and grab
the candy, I have been tried but I watch very closely," said Miller.
Through November, APD has
investigated 162 robberies, that's down 19.4% from last year. APD says there is
still more work to do, and retailers can play a critical role in helping reduce
crime in our area.
"With businesses as
far as retail, we ask that you have enough employees that are working to be
able to walk around when dealing with large number of customers," said
And you can take steps to
protect yourself as well.
"Anyone that has the need to be walking somewhere
that you walk on the main roads everybody doesn't have vehicles so we can't
tell anyone not to walk home," said Foster.
Now if you spot any crime
taking place you are urged to call 911.
While robberies are down from last year, the number reported through
November was exactly the same as the same period in 2011.