The Atlanta Police Foundation’s annual crime report found an almost-across-the-board decrease in crime in Atlanta from 2012 to 2013. Even better–crime in our fair city is at its lowest level in decades.
From The Atlanta Business Chronicle: major crimes decreased by 3.6%, violent crimes by 4% and property crimes by 3.6%. Murder was up by 1.2% unfortunately. However, crime overall since 2002 dropped 30% which is 16% better than the national average.
“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 continuous 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.”
The report confirms what those of us who actually live in Atlanta have known for a long time: that Atlanta is a safe city. The only reason to be fearful of Atlanta is if you’re a suburbanite who never breaches the perimeter. Anyway, here is still more demonization of Atlanta that needs to stop.