ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Violent crime in Albany increased last year as it did nationwide.
After recent drops, national stats released by the FBI today show violent crime increased almost 4-percent in 2015.
The murder rate was up almost 11-percent.
Dougherty County Police said they saw increases in robberies and domestic violence, and they want tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders.
"When you have these recitative people that are out here among us those are the ones to me that have to get identified and realize that look they keep repeating this over and over that maybe we need to extend their sentences, maybe they need to get incarcerated longer or you need to take a stiffer penalty against them," said DCP Investigative Division Captain Tom Jackson.
Violent crime in Albany also went up last year by 5.73 percent, according to stats posted on the city's website.