A 2018 homicide glance compared to last year

A 2018 homicide glance compared to last year
In 2017, APD said there was 5 incidents with 7 homicides and in June of 2018, there's been 6 incidents with 6 homicides. (Source: WALB)
Arcola Dabeny moved from Miami last year and said the crime she's seen here is alarming. (Source: WALB)
Arcola Dabeny moved from Miami last year and said the crime she's seen here is alarming. (Source: WALB)
Phyllis Banks-Whitley said last year there were 22 homicides and this year they are trying to keep those numbers down. (Source: WALB)
Phyllis Banks-Whitley said last year there were 22 homicides and this year they are trying to keep those numbers down. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Almost half way through 2018, police say the number of homicides are rising in Albany.

2017 brought 22 homicides to the Good Life City.

The community wants to know if we're heading in the same direction as last year.

"I feel like this town is really not safe. I don't know what's going on around here but I think it's really really sad that people are losing their lives," Arcola Dabeny, Albany Citizen.

Arcola Dabeny moved to Albany from Miami in September last year.

She said although she moved from a big city, the amount of crime she sees here is alarming.

"In Miami, there's shootings everyday, everyday, everyday. And you would expect that there but to come here to a small city, I'm kind of shocked that a lot of these homicides and robberies," said Dabeny.

"Yes we had a pretty rough year when it came to homicides last year. I think we ended the year with about over 20 homicides and right now we're at about 7," said Phyllis Banks-Whitley, Public Information Officer, APD.

According to APD, in June of 2017 there were five incidents led to seven homicides.

As of now, 2018 has brought six individual homicides.

That statistic has left some people concerned.

"It's ridiculous. I just feel like the community needs to get together, come as one, and try to see if we can put an end to this," said Dabeny.

Police said they are working hard attending neighborhood watch meetings to get this message out throughout the city - in hopes of reversing a deadly trend.

"We need to push the word and encourage people to not use guns. Put the guns down and use words and not violence," said Banks.

Police are stressing they are still looking for the people who shot Andrea Willis at Brother's Convenient Store last week.

If you know anything about this shooting call APD immediately.

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