ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of robberies is down this year in Albany and officials with the police department said that's in many ways, thanks to the hard work of business owners.
Albany police responded to nine robberies in March. That is 10 less than in 2017 and 12 less than the previous year.
From January to March 2018, 23 robberies have been reported.
Chief Michael Persley said businesses owners are listening to the police department and updating their security measures.
Persley said he believes the department speaking to people at neighborhood watch meetings is helping prevent robberies.
"We kind of came out of our robbery season, but still people don't need to let their guards down because you never know when a person may see a target and they want to use it as an opportunity," said Persley.
Albany police are concerned with the large number of aggravated assault cases right now.
Chief Persley said his department is working to spread messages urging people to stop using violence to solve their problems.