Crime Stats Off-The-Charts In DeKalb County

So far for just 2008, there have been 59 homicides in DeKalb County, Georgia. Lots of folk seeing lots of dead people there. Some national headline that’s gonna make! Stuff like, “Candidate for U.S. Senate is leader of Georgia county where crime is out of control.” Heck, toss in a stat or two about STD rates in DeKalb County alone and you’ve got yourself some great ad copy/voiceover potential there. Right… Josh, Jim, Rand, and Dale? Make media hay while the stats are in your favor. Folks love to get scared to the polls.

From the Dunwoody North Civic Association blog:

The Citizens for Dunwoody police task force has been exploring the police needs of the future city and they were able to piece together Dunwoody’s crime statistics for the last six years that show that serious crime has almost doubled in that time period. I’m sure it was no easy task in getting this information since the DeKalb County Police Department website has no county wide statistics, no drill down tool to see what happens in your neighborhood; no crime information at all? Is it purposely done this way to keep the citizens of DeKalb feeling sheltered up to the day that crime finally happens to them?

In 2007, DeKalb County set a new homicide record of 99 murders yet with it being less than half way through 2008, the DeKalb Officers site reports that the County is again on a record pace with already 59 homicides so far this year. That statistic isn’t publicized anywhere officially because if it were someone might ask…

Vernon Jones & Terrell Bolton, what are you doing about this situation?

People are dying to know.

Full blog post here.

19 comments

  1. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Ok great, I have to go into DeKalb tomorrow…what are my odds in getting out alive?

  2. Tea Party says:

    @TAFT Hmmmm, you seem lost. Last I checked the Atlanta Metro really is kind of important to the State’s economy. Are you wearing your seatbelt?

    @Icarus That is the funniest comment I have read in a very long time. Don’t get too close to the sun, son….

    @Loyalty Not to worry, numbers don’t kill, statistics do….

    So Spacey, I will feel SOOOO much safer when I go to sleep knowing MY Dunwoody police force, all FOUR of them, are watching over me.

  3. Progressive Dem says:

    There is a lot of misinformation in this post. “The Citizens for Dunwoody police task force has been exploring the police needs of the future city and they were able to piece together Dunwoody’s crime statistics for the last six years that show that serious crime has almost doubled in that time period.” Where are these numbers? They aren’t found on the Citizens for Dunwoody website.

    The Money Magazine article refers to countywide crime stats.

    Then there is the headline, which is not statisticly supported. Crime statistics cover a wide variety of personal and property crimes. A 6th month murder count is significant, but doesn’t provide a complete picture. You can bet the murders are not occurring in Dunwoody. And then there is the gratuitous statement about STD. It is all very slimy.

    “I’m sure it was no easy task in getting this information since the DeKalb County Police Department website has no county wide statistics, no drill down tool to see what happens in your neighborhood; no crime information at all?” This links to a story about Chamblee, which is one of two police departments in the entire state of Georgia that instantly publishes the locations of crime on their website.

    If Dunwoody wants to form a new city, that is their right. However, it is wrong to use scare tactics to motivate voters. If the crime numbers are bad, post them, but this has been all about innuendo

  4. megan says:

    Raw numbers are a highly misleading way to report crime statistics. Of course, crime is bad, and anytime someone loses his or her life it is tragic. But a better context when arguing about the actual safety of a location (and the effectiveness of its police force) is a crime rate, say, per 1,000 (or 10,000 or 100,000) people. The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce reports that the metro Atlanta area increased by more than 150,000 people between 2005 and 2006 (the last year for which they have numbers). Without knowing the crime rates, and just reporting the raw numbers, we have no idea how 59 homicides actually compares to previous years, when the population base was smaller.

  5. SpaceyG says:

    59 homicides in just six months in any place is bad … wherever, whenever. You can stack the bodies wherever you want, however you want. You still have 59 people dead from murder in DeKalb County. In a six-month time frame. And yeah, I’ll give you that tossing in the STDs thing was gratuitous slime. Like that ever stopped me.

  6. megan says:

    Like I said, I agree that murder is bad. But when you’re making the argument that the streets are unsafe, or the police force isn’t doing its job, you have to look at rates. For example, if I live in a town of 100 people, and 59 of them have been killed in 6 months, that’s over 50% of the population. Walking the streets is clearly a death wish and my local sheriff should be fired (if he hasn’t already been killed). But if I live in a town of 10,000, 59 homicides is slightly more than 0.5% of the population. Is it terrible that those people are dead? Of course. Am I in constant danger walking the streets? Probably not.

  7. Icarus says:

    Did the mugger look like Rome? Or if you don’t know what Rome looks like, did the mugger keep asking you what it had to do with GA Politics?

  8. Tea Party says:

    @ProgDem Are you suggesting that the DunNorth web site is using a scare tactic? Gosh, that is simply unimaginable. That even worse than making wisecracks about the GA Gang entertainment show.

    DunNorth and The Crier actually engage in an established pattern of making sure every wrinkle, blemish, and downright wrong from DeKalb County appears front and center.

    Shortsighted really, since Dunwoody will be a part of DeKalb County, and the constant barrage of bad news isn’t going to bode well for future relations.

    Oh well, I am just a taxpayer, what do I know…

  9. Game Fan says:

    I’m more upset with people on the radio who don’t realize the letter “L” is silent in “Dekalb”. Of course it’s a different story in “Fulton”.

  10. Tea Party says:

    LOYALTY SIGHTING: This just in!

    Unincorporated North DeKalb) Well know pundit being held against his/her/its’ will by pro-city operatives.

    Although no ransom yet established, operatives are threatening to expose true identity of popular blogger, Loyalty.

    Stay tuned as this story unfolds….

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