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APD helps businesses prevent holiday crime

Michelle Jones of APD Michelle Jones of APD
Place on The Pointe Manager Honey Bolton Place on The Pointe Manager Honey Bolton
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Place on The Pointe Manager Honey Bolton takes preventative steps to cut down on crime, especially as the holidays approach.

"We're doing our part to try to keep ourselves safe and keep our business safe. It gets a little scary closer to the holidays. People become a little bit more desperate," said Bolton.

Bolton educates her employees to be aware and has cameras throughout the store to help eliminate shoplifting. "We are lucky in that a lot of our customers, we work one on one with them. And so, we hopefully have a little less theft than some places do. But everyone's vulnerable to it. And so we just try to educate ourselves and our fellow employees just to be aware."

To make sure other businesses follow similar procedures, the Albany Police Department will host a business owners meeting Wednesday. 
"We give out crime prevention tips, whether it's how to prevent a burglary, theft, shoplifting, and robbery," said Michelle Jones of APD.

Authorities see crime spike during the holiday season and they're doing their part to stop it. "Normally there's a lot of residential and business burglaries and a lot of shoplifting," said Jones.

That's something Odyssey Records owner Gilbert Udoto knows firsthand. "During the holidays, that's when people want to make more money, or steal for friends, gifts and so forth."

And businesses are grateful Albany Police are stepping in to help. "I think that it's a great resource for businesses to be able to collectively get together and exchange ideas and ways to recognize when theft is happening."

"The police, they're our savior. And they're always advising us what we need to do. So we need to go to the meetings so that we can see how we can stop the crime in Albany," said Udoto.

All Albany business owners, managers and supervisors are encouraged to attend. The meeting is Wednesday at 2:00 at the Law Enforcement Center at 201 West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

If you need more information, contact the APD Crime Prevention Unit at 229-446-2788.

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