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APD urges businesses to "open and empty"

Signs have been popping up in businesses' windows across the city letting would-be burglars know to stay away.

/ Cody Long


Signs have been popping up in businesses' windows across the city letting would-be burglars know to stay away.

The Albany Police Department's Open and Empty Initiative kicked off Wednesday morning as APD'S Crime Prevention Unit went to several businesses that have been targets of burglaries handing out signs to be put in the windows that read "no cash in register overnight."

Eric McCallum, general manager of Sonny's Barbecue on Slappey Boulevard, says his business has been burglarized before and supports this initiative.

"When we were burglarized before, they came for the registers and busted them open but we don't leave cash in the registers," McCallum said. "I hope this will deter them from doing damage to the building and just move on."

The police department does not have a set number of signs to hand out but are planning to give out as many as possible. Businesses interested in requesting a sign can call the Crime Prevention Unit at (229) 431-2100.

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