Friday, June 5, 2009

Atlanta: America's 'second least safe city?'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 10:12 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's 2008 crime statistics, released on Monday, add weight to the argument that, contrary to what some folks in City Hall might've said in the past, Atlanta's crime concerns aren't about perception but about people actually entering your car or home and taking your possessions.

Although the bureau's stats show violent crimes in Atlanta decreased 8.3 percent compared to 2007 (that's good!), property crimes such as burglaries, thefts and larceny jumped 7.6 percent (that's bad!). That's quite a leap in just a year and a stark contrast to the 1.6 percent decrease in property crimes enjoyed by the rest of the country.

Real Clear Politics crunched the bureau's statistics and concluded Atlanta had a 16 percent per capita crime rate, thus earning it the distinction of being the second least safe city in the United States. Memphis, Tenn., earned top honors. San Antonio, Texas, Detroit and Milwaukee rounded out the bottom five.

Celebrate our dubious honor by locking up your flat screens, supporting your local patrolman, and keeping valuables in your car out of sight.

(H/T to Sara for noting the RCP article)

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