ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some folks who live in east Albany said crimes are plaguing their neighborhoods.
They came together Monday night to work to stop those problems and prevent violent crime.
Albany's new police chief showed at tonight's community meeting to listen to residents' concerns.
Residents in East Albany say a lot of petty crimes are going on in their neighborhoods and their main concern is the safety of the elderly.
These East Albany Residents say they are fed up with Crimes in their neighborhood. Janie McPherson has been the Block Captain of her East Residence Neighborhood Watch for nearly 10 years.
"We've been having a little picking up out of yards here lately and that don't usually happen in our block," said Janie Frazier McPherson,Block Captain East Residence.
Retired Police Officer Chuck Simpson came to Monday night's meeting to see how he can get his neighborhood watch started back up again in his Hudson Lane neighborhood.
"I think it would be a deterrent. We have actually a lot of crime over in that area," said Chuck Simpson.
Creating more neighborhood watch programs is what organizer..Harold Williams says tonight's meeting is all about.
"Right now, not all of the neighborhoods are functioning that well and every department, every ward needs a neighborhood watch in it," said Harold Williams, Block Captain East Albany Colonial Village
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley was there to talk with citizens and assure them that his officers are working hard to keep crime out of their neighborhoods.
"We have spurts, it grabs a lot of attention, but I can tell you that we've made a lot of arrests in a lot of cases over there," said Chief Persley.
Residents said they're concerned for the elderly's safety.
"It bothers me a lot, see on our street it's mostly seniors and I would hate to have to walk around with my gun in my pocket everyday so I'm trying to be real careful," said Janie Frazier McPherson.
Chief Persley also educated residents on how to avoid being a target of crime and encouraging them to report it.
"Getting the community to continue send us information and to even report crime," said Chief Persley.