ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Law enforcers and community leaders in Albany want residents to clean up their homes and streets in order to fight crime.
Stop The Violence organizers will lead an effort this year to clean up yards and streets.
They say neighborhoods full of trash and unkept homes invite criminals.
They want Albany communities to clean up and send a message.
"You have such a reduction in crime," explained Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul. "Less calls, less burglaries, less entering autos, and things like that, than [in] a neighborhood that's trashed.
Law enforcement leaders said they want Albany city officials to set standards for rental properties and have landlords keep their rentals clean and liveable.