Dougherty Co. Coroner: 'We are seeing a trend similar to last year'

Dougherty Co. Coroner: 'We are seeing a trend similar to last year'
APD is increasing patrols in the areas where there has been recent criminal activity. (Source: WALB)
APD is increasing patrols in the areas where there has been recent criminal activity. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Coroner, Michael Fowler (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Coroner, Michael Fowler (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Department's Chief of Police Michael Persley (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Department's Chief of Police Michael Persley (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With two shootings in the same area in less than two weeks, safety is one of the biggest concerns in South Albany right now.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler wants to make sure this year isn't a repeat of last year when it comes to crimes and homicides.

He said they began the year hopeful, but now are very concerned that with summer coming they will see a spike in crime.

"We're on the same trend as we were on last year," said Fowler.

In 2017, there were 22 homicides in Albany. So far in 2018, we have had eight and multiple shootings and Fowler said if mindsets don't change we will be headed down the same road.

"It's something that needs to be dealt with and like I said communication is going to be very important," said Fowler.

Albany Police Department's Police Chief Michael Persley agrees.

"Conversations we need to have at home, conversations we need to have at school. There are just conversations we need to have everywhere that violence and criminal activity is not the answer," said Persley.

In the past two weeks, two people have been shot in the South Albany area where Brother's Corner Store is located.

APD is increasing patrols in the area where these two shootings took place as well as other areas that have recent criminal activity.

"We have been just working that area along with some others where we've had some activity," said Persley.

Chief Persley is asking the public to speak up.

"People who have any information about illegal activity continue to let us know so that we can hopefully head some things off," said Persley.

Hoping this will help stop crime not only in the South Albany area but Albany as a whole.

Persley wants to let citizens know that they shouldn't be afraid necessarily but to stay alert.

"They should not feel scared to walk outside of their homes. I want them to know that they can go about their daily business," said Persley.

But he does have a message for those committing crimes.

"One way or another, we're going to find out who you are," said Persley.

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