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Albany police say crime is down

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany police say crime in the city is the lowest it's been in ten years. They say violent crimes like homicides are down, while they've seen a slight increase in burglaries overall in the city.

On Saturday, the Albany Police Department met with folks in East Albany to talk about how to prevent crime. Dougherty County Police were also present to talk about crime in the county. They say part of the reason for the increase in burglaries is due to the economic downturn. Police say educating the public helps to deter crime.

"The criminal justice system as a whole are holding those people accountable who are committing these crimes,” said Capt. Michael Persley, Albany Police Department. “Also, on our end we have to continue to be proactive as best as we can to identify these areas where we are going to have concerns at and cut it off before it happens."

Capt. Persley says officers patrol every night to check on more than 300 businesses in Albany. They also want to remind people to remove all valuable items out of your car, which helps prevent break-ins.

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