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Crimewatch: Residents want better turnout at neighborhood watch meetings

Robert Montgomery is the president of the neighborhood watch program. (Source: WALB) Robert Montgomery is the president of the neighborhood watch program. (Source: WALB)
Robert Montgomery (Source: WALB) Robert Montgomery (Source: WALB)
Neighbors want more residents to participate in neighborhood watch. (Source: WALB) Neighbors want more residents to participate in neighborhood watch. (Source: WALB)
Elbert Moore (Source: WALB) Elbert Moore (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Homeowners in one East Albany neighborhood are asking their neighbors to step up, and help put an end to the recent crime in their area. 

There are approximately 300 houses in the East Town Subdivision.  But when it comes time for a neighborhood watch meeting, president Robert Montgomery said it's a miracle if ten people show up. 

Every month, president of the neighborhood watch Robert Montgomery, puts up signs throughout the East Town Subdivision. 

"I post the signs three days before each monthly meeting, at every exit to this neighborhood," he said. 

And as cars pass by the signs, turnout at each meeting is nothing short of disappointing. 

"Nobody shows up at the meeting," said Montgomery.  "We have put up flyers, go door to door, everything we know to recruit neighbors.  But we haven't been able to get them."

We came to the neighborhood Thursday morning in hopes of learning about an incident listed in the police reports: a home invasion on the 700 block of Dartmouth Lane.

It's a crime that most definitely concerns Montgomery, but doesn't necessarily surprise him.

The feeling is mutual for neighbor Elbert Moore.  

"Every time you look, you got crime in the neighborhood.  It's changed," said Moore.

Moore said a lot of the recent crime could possibly relate to kids out of school.

Albany police said crime does in fact increase in the summer months.

"I was in the backyard one day, heard a noise," Moore said.  "It was kids going down the alley, turning over trash cans all the way to the end of the alley.  Sat them back up.  The next day, they came back down the alley doing the same thing." 

He said someone shot at his niece's car shot earlier this week.  

Moore says he's now going to start coming to the meetings because he's had enough.

"It's a shame, because we need to look out for each other," added Moore. "This crime rate is getting too bad."

Both neighbors agree, if each neighbor keeps an eye out for suspicious activity, they could see a decrease in criminal activity. 

"Watching out for each other will help a lot," said Moore.  "You just don't see something happening and not say anything about it.  You see something, say something."

All neighborhood watch meeting happens every second Saturday of every month. 

The meetings will take place at 721 East Oglethorpe. 

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