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      Homicide rate remains steady

      The homicide rate around Southwest Georgia seems to have remained steady over the course of the past couple years.

      FOX 31 spoke to Sgt. Steven Colgan with the Moultrie Police Department who said they TMve handled 3 homicides this year so far and handled 3 in 2012. Colgan says in terms of violent crimes in general he doesn TMt feel there TMs been an increase there either, he says those are also about the same as last year. The Colquitt County Sheriff's Office has investigated two cases so far this year.

      Phyllis Banks with the Albany Police Department said this year they have responded to 7 homicides and in 2012 there were 4. Although that is an increase, it TMs still down from the 13 in 2011 and 10 in 2010.

      Both Colgan and Banks said regardless of whether or not the homicide rate has increased or decreased, people in the community still need to be alert and aware of their surroundings.

      Banks says whether or not there TMs a year-to-year increase they continue to have all hands on deck, especially during peak times which are Summer and the holiday season. She also said she feels the reputation of Albany being the murder capital of the world is slowly going away but nonetheless homicide is unpredictable, she says it could be very high one year and very low the next year and it TMs nothing anyone can control.

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