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      School may help bring the crime rate down

      School is back in, which hopefully means less crime.

      Officials with the Albany Police Department say there is usually a spike in crime during the summer months.

      This is due to kids being out of school and having nothing to occupy their time.

      Now that schools back in, officers hope the crime rates will slowly go down.

      Phyllis Banks, Public Relations-Media Manager with the Albany Police Department says, "we hope that school will provide another outlet as well as activities for students and juveniles so they wont partake in criminal activities."

      She adds that parents should try to enroll your children in after school activities, and also make sure your child adheres to the curfew times.

      If you have any questions as to what the curfew times are, call APD.

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