They're taking out the trash while keeping an eye on crime. Garbage workers in more than 100 communities nationwide are keeping an eye out for crime or anything unusual on their routes.

They're armed with cell phones to call in suspicious activity. The program is called "Waste Watch."

"Our officers can't be in every place all the time, you know. Having other people out there that are alert and paying attention, it can't hurt," said Albany Police Detective Jim Miller.

Drivers across the country have alerted police to thieves, a little girl lost and an elderly man with a flat tire who blocked traffic with his spare and a gas can. The program is offered at no charge and there are plans to expand it to more communities.