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Summer crime stats down in Albany

At a time when criminal activity can spike, some crimes like robberies were down in one South Georgia city.  (Source: WALB) At a time when criminal activity can spike, some crimes like robberies were down in one South Georgia city. (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB) Albany Police Chief Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
Chief Persley said one of the biggest challenges is car break-ins. (Source: WALB) Chief Persley said one of the biggest challenges is car break-ins. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

At a time when criminal activity can spike, some crimes like robberies were down in one South Georgia city.

The number of robberies in Albany dropped in the second quarter.

The Police Chief said this is significant because it includes time at the end of school and the start of summer when crimes can increase due to warmer temperatures and school being out.

"Our closure rate was up on our violent cases of aggravated assault which means we did a pretty good job of tracking those people who did those crimes and holding ourselves accountable," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.

Chief Persley said one of the biggest challenges is car break-ins.

He urged people to continue to not only lock their car doors, but remove valuables from sight. He called vehicle thefts a "crime of opportunity" which can lessen when people take steps to protect themselves.

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