City unveils new safety strategy

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- A new strategy aimed at cutting crime in small, focused areas deemed to be troublesome by city officials was unveiled in a multi-agency operation this week, officials said.

The concept of "target areas," is nothing new to local law enforcement, but this week local officials took a fresh look at the concept and further refined the concept to include ultra-small mini-target areas.

Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson said that certain areas deemed to be havens for crime and blight are now in the cross hairs of code enforcement and public safety agencies.

"The plan is to focus efforts on these small areas and then move to another ward every quarter or so to progress through the city," Tilson said.

Monday, Code Enforcement, the Albany Police Department and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office swarmed to an area in East Albany where there were a high number of warrants and code violations.

That area -- a three square block portion -- is encompassed by Mobile Avenue, Moultrie Road and Wingate Avenue.

On this particular raid, deputies attempted to serve 15 warrants in that small area, Tilson said. Police and code enforcement conducted investigations and gathered information for ongoing investigations.

The area has a crime-riddled history, including a recent string of armed robberies, burglaries and thefts.