PELHAM, GA (WALB) - The Pelham Police Department is trying to clean the streets and lower crime.
A new joint effort between police and the city is tearing down abandoned houses.
Nothing but debris is left at the abandoned house that the pelham police department tore down.
They said it was being used to house different crimes in this area.
"People use these things to conceal themselves in and to use drugs, we've had problems even with people being assaulted in these houses," said Assistant Chief Rod Williams.
This month, the city along with the police department tore down one house on the corner of A" and Mize Streets.
"Its just better for the community as a whole when were able to take these homes that are no longer restore able and get them out of the community," said Williams.
He said this won't be the last abandoned home torn down in Pelham.
"It's an on-going and we will continue as these problem places arise we will continue to address the issue."
There is a lengthy process to tearing these homes down, a lot of the time they are foreclosed or the owners have passed away.
But now one neighborhood will be a safer place thanks to Operation Make Safe.