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Albany city commissioner leads development of neighborhood watch

Uptick in home burglaries in East Albany (Source: WALB) Uptick in home burglaries in East Albany (Source: WALB)
East Albany resident Bertha McDonald (Source: WALB) East Albany resident Bertha McDonald (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Commissioner District 6 Anthony Jones (Source: WALB) Dougherty County Commissioner District 6 Anthony Jones (Source: WALB)
Police officers will be on hand to teach residents in District 6 how to set up their own neighborhood watch. (Source: WALB) Police officers will be on hand to teach residents in District 6 how to set up their own neighborhood watch. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Thursday's surveillance video showed two young men caught red handed breaking into a home in East Albany.

This incident along with others in the area prompted a city leader to create more neighborhood watches.

Police said they suspect the two were involved in a number of other burglaries in the Pine Bluff area.

And although they were charged with burglary and criminal trespass, it's not enough to ease East Albany resident Bertha McDonald's fears.

"I want a safe community that our neighborhood that I can be able to sit out in my yard and be able to feel safe," said McDonald.

McDonald has seen a transformation in the 25 years she's lived in the community.

"I've noticed there's an increased traffic of people walking the street. They need money so they take from others to be able to go and sell so they can be able to have money," said McDonald.

Someone stole McDonald's car several years ago. Now she goes to great lengths to protect her most prized possession.  A 1958 El Camino.

But she doesn't stop there. She's installed a security system with motion lights around her home.

And if that's not enough to give criminals pause.

"We are fighting back regarding a neighborhood watch program," said McDonald.

Commissioner Anthony Jones is leading its development.

"The main thing for us to do is to be able to make sure that we cut down on some of these break-ins where these people are walking through the day and not working, that's one of the problems that we have," said Jones.

Commissioner Jones said the neighborhood watch meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the East Albany Police Precinct.

Police officers will be on hand to teach residents in District 6 how to set up their own neighborhood watch.

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