ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Summertime often means a rise in a number of different crimes ranging from car break-ins to aggravated assaults, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
"It's a more relaxed time of year so people have more time on their hands," explained Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.
Chief Persley said more people are out and about at different times of day during the summer. He said it is not uncommon to see people out in the streets late into the night or early in the morning because the temperatures are cooler outside.
Typically Persley said the department sees an increase in four crimes: entering autos, burglaries, business robberies and aggravated assaults.
"Don't just take things for granted, it's not going to happen to me. It can happen anywhere," explained Persley.
It may sound like a broken record, but Chief Persley said people must stop leaving purses, wallets and weapons in their cars.
"This past weekend I was going into a store and as I got out of my vehicle, I looked right into the car next to me and there was a pocketbook in the driver's seat, wide open," said Persley.
As for burglaries and robberies, Persley said it's important for businesses and even homeowners to invest in surveillance systems.
If you have one already, Persley said keep an eye on it.
"We find that a crime has happened and somebody else has been a victim, then if you see something it can help prevent you from becoming a victim also," said Persley.
Chief Persley said if you watch out for yourself and your neighbors, at the end of the day the Good Life City is not a bad place to live, work and play.
"This is a good community and the more people we can get to buy into that and the more people we can pour into it, then you will see Albany will continue to be the gem of South Georgia," Persley said.
If you want to learn more about how to protect your home or business, there is a crime prevention unit at the police department that does just that.