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Businesses urged to keep surveillance systems working

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police are urging business owners to keep their surveillance video equipment working and up to date to help fight crime.

A City of Albany ordinance requires businesses that sell alcohol to have working surveillance camera systems. Code enforcement and Albany Police share responsibility inspecting and making sure those surveillance systems are working.

Often police express frustration that businesses have surveillance systems, but they are not working.

"Keep them in working order, and to make sure the systems are up to date," said Phyllis Banks with Albany Police. "We know that it can be a cost to small businesses, but we believe that is an investment that will pay off in the long run."

Officers say they are making improvements on their position in inspections of businesses required to have surveillance systems, and urge all other businesses to check their system's operation so that it can help fight crime.

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