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      Overgrown vegetation may play a role in rising crime rates

      Crime is up ward one. Just last week East Albany was victim to four over night burglaries, three in ward one. Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard says a lot of that may have to do with overgrown vegetation in the area.

      / Franklin White


      Crime is up ward one.

      Just last week East Albany was victim to four overnight burglaries, three in ward one.

      Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard says a lot of that may have to do with overgrown vegetation in the area.

      He tells FOX 31, crooks use the vegetation to hide and run from police.

      He's working now to contact property owners and fix the growing problem.

      "It is the property owner that is responsible for making sure that the lots and the weeds on the lots does not exceed 12 inches. Once they exceed 12 inches they're in violation of the city code," said Howard.

      He adds, the maximum the owners have to comply is 14 days, after that court will be the final result.

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