Violent Crime in Atlanta is Falling, New Figures Show
Violent crime in Atlanta made lurid headlines in recent years. Despite the ongoing concern from residents about becoming victims of assaults, homicides and gun crimes, recent figures suggest violent crime in Atlanta is failing.
The results of the FBI’s annual crime survey were published in 2018. They found violent crime fell in Atlanta and property crimes decreased across the United States in 2017.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted preliminary figures for 2018 suggested violent crime fell nationally last year. Atlanta appears to have bucked that trend in 2018. Murders were up about 20 percent on the previous year.
The AJC noted the statistics for 2017 were welcome news following slight rises in violent crime in the previous two years. In 2017, violent offenses in Georgia’s capital fell 0.9 percent, a rate of 392.9 offenses per 100,000 residents. Property crime fell at a higher rate of 3.6 percent, or 2,362 offenses per 100,000 residents. The reduction in property crimes was to the lowest total since the late 1960s.
In 2017, murders in Atlanta fell 28 percent. Burglaries and robberies also saw falls. Robberies decreased 26 percent, burglaries by 22 percent, and aggravated assaults dropped by six percent. However, preliminary figures suggested murders increased again in 2018.
Former U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions claimed giving more support to police officers helped violent crimes fall.
The FBI figures found Baltimore was America’s most dangerous city with a population greater than 500,000 in 2017. The city saw 342 homicides in 2017, equating to 56 murders per 100,000 people. The figure was more than double Atlanta’s rate. St. Louis, MO remains the most dangerous city in the country with a murder rate of 66 per 100,000 people.
The Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy and law institute, found the homicide rate dropped 8.1 percent in 2017 in America’s biggest cities. The institute predicted another fall in 2018.
The most dangerous city in Georgia is Albany, with a population of 73,209, the AJC reported. The city reported 22 murders in 2017. It has a violent crime rate of 726.6 offenses per 100,000 residents.
Violent crimes include assaults, rapes and homicides. Assault and Battery is the most common violent crime. It involves the use of force against another person which results in bodily injury or offensive touching. Assault does not have to be intentional and a threat of violence can constitute assault. Force does not always have to be directly applied to the victim for charges to be brought. For example, instructing a dog to attack someone is considered battery.
If you or a family member has been accused of a violent crime in Georgia, please contact our criminal defense lawyers at (404) 913-1529.