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Summer to bring heat and high crime

DOCO Captain Craig Dodd DOCO Captain Craig Dodd
Bob Hutchinson Bob Hutchinson
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Friday is the last day of school for Dougherty County students and law enforcement will be taking steps to make sure crime stays down while kids are out for summer.

As temperatures climb the charts, crime rates follow.

"We have a rise in entering autos and burglaries, and thefts in general, "said Captain Craig Dodd of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

He says it's during the summer when their phones ring off the hook, many of those calls regard..."Juveniles with nothing to do kind of thing,"Dodd continued. "Getting into mischief."

According to online reports, property crime in Albany was 25%  higher in July of 2014 than December of the same year.

That's why law enforcement implemented C.H.A.M.P.S which stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. It is a structured, supervised daily camp that keep kids off the street.

Bob Hutchinson of the Albany Boys and Girls Club urges parents to take action.

"Please know where your kids are at." Hutchinson said. 

He believes summer organizations help deter teens from getting involved in dangerous situations such as  joining a gang.

"Make sure they are in a safe program," Hutchinson continued. "I wouldn't wanna see any kids get hurt."

And if that's not enough Captain Dodd says expect heightened security.

"You'll see that deputies, city officers and county officers will be patrolling in the neighborhood a lot more

watching."

Residents also should have watchful eye and be proactive by hiding valuables, locking up cars and install security cameras to keep crooks at bay.

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