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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 Miller.  

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 Foster.  

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.

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