Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crime is down citywide, but there are pockets where it's spiked

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered digs into statistics and finds that while crime is down citywide, there are pockets where it's risen sharply.

Aggravated assaults climbed by more than 50 percent in downtown Atlanta this year, and residential burglaries were up sharply in Buckhead and southwest Atlanta, police statistics show.

Year-to-date statistics posted online show overall crime was down citywide through April, as Police Chief Richard Pennington (left) has said. That statement, and his comments about the public’s “perception” of a spike in crime, have enraged critics who believe the city is responding too timidly to recent high-profile crimes.

Aggravated assault, for instance, climbed 52 percent in Zone 5 (downtown Atlanta), even as it declined by 8 percent in the rest of the city. Auto theft was up 23 percent and bicycle theft up 120 percent in Zone 5 during the same period.

Residential burglaries climbed 54 percent in Zone 3 (Southwest Atlanta) over 2008, the statistics show. In Zone 2 (Buckhead), residential burglaries rose 33 percent. Elsewhere in the city, the number of burgaries was stable or down slightly; in Zone 1 (northwest Atlanta), they were down 28 percent.

More info at Atlanta Unfiltered.

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