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Crime Stoppers working, Randle says

Judy Randle talks to her fellow Rotarians about the good work done by Crimestoppers, another organization with which she is involved. She spoke at the Tuesday Rotary of Dougherty County luncheon meeting.

Judy Randle talks to her fellow Rotarians about the good work done by Crimestoppers, another organization with which she is involved. She spoke at the Tuesday Rotary of Dougherty County luncheon meeting.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two simple thoughts summed up the "If you see something, say something," message of Albany Area Crime Stoppers, a local non-profit community action program.

"Fifty percent of our most wanted have been caught," said Judy Randle, the organization's secretary and a Rotarian. "Crime Stoppers works."

Randle told her fellow Rotarians at the club's Tuesday meeting that the goal of Crime Stoppers is to collect information that can be used to stop crime. The information collected is confidential and the people who call are kept anonymous.

When rewards for arrests and convictions are paid the system is set up to pay cash anonymously to the caller through a system of secret numbers and contacts at a local bank.

The idea behind the organization is to deliver a better quality of life to residents through providing a safer place to live and work, Randle said. Low crime ratings are a significant factor in attracting businesses and their jobs to the area, she added.

Randle said that arrests or convictions have been made from information given the group on crimes such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, home invasions and a 2008 homicide thought to have gone cold.

Since 2008, the year that Crime Stoppers was reinvigorated, the group has paid out more than $20,000 in reward money.

One woman called the Crime stoppers line about a car meeting a bus dropping off children in her neighborhood, Randle said. The occupants of the car were arrested with guns and drugs.

The caller didn't want any reward, Randle said. "She said, 'I don't want a reward. I just don't want them in my neighborhood.'"

Anyone interested in helping can attend the Crime Stoppers meetings at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Albany Police Department's Law Enforcement Center, 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.