Atlanta Police Foundation: Crime dropped 30% in 2013

ATLANTA -- Atlanta saw a 30 percent drop in total crime in 2013, according to the Atlanta Police Foundation's annual Atlanta Crime Report.

In 2013, there were 33,045 major crimes -- a decrease of 3.6 percent from 2012, the report said.

There were 5,517 violent crimes (or 12 violent crimes per 100,000 residents) in Atlanta last year -- a decrease of 4 percent from 2012.

The report also shows there were 84 people murdered in the city last year, up 1.2 percent form 2012. Murder also accounted for 1.5 percent of violent crime offenses.

Aggravated assaults accounted for 53.7 percent of violent crimes and 9 percent of total crimes reported in 2013.

Robbery offenses accounted for 42.8 percent of violent crime offenses.

Rape (105 instances) accounted for 1.9 percent of violent crime offenses.

And there were 27,528 property crime offenses in Atlanta in 2013 -- a decrease of 3.6 percent from 2012.

"Crime in Atlanta is the lowest in 44 years and down 63 percent from its highest level in 1989," said Dave Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation, in a statement. "Additionally, Atlanta continues to see declines at faster and larger margins than national trends. The report gives an unbiased view of the impact our public safety strategies and partnerships are making towards the goal of making Atlanta the safest large city in the country."

See the full report at the Atlanta Business Chronicle


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