Report: Overall crime in Atlanta down 30 percent - CBS46 News

Report: Overall crime in Atlanta down 30 percent

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According to a new report released by the Atlanta Police Foundation, overall crime in the city of Atlanta is the lowest it has been in 44 years.

Chief George Turner said that "analyzing crime statistics is an integral part of the policing strategy and (helps) our ability to improve operations."

The report compares the 2013 calendar year to 2012. In that time, the report shows there was a decrease in Part 1 crimes of more than 33 percent since 2002.

Total crime, according to the report, dropped 30 percent in Atlanta from 2002 to 2012 compared to 14 percent nationally.

"I have lived in Midtown for 25 years, and it comes with the territory," Rick Hodge said. "You learn what you can do, and what not to do. And you stay away from risks like that."

Hodge said he does not go out at night, but feels secure on Atlanta's belt line during the day. Other people on the belt line told CBS46 News they also felt secure on the belt line, except at night.

"During the day I feel very safe," Andrea Cooper said. "I wouldn't walk around at night by myself. I would like to, but it doesn't feel safe."

Mayor Kasim Reed vowed to make the streets of Atlanta safe after some high-profile murders during armed robberies in the city.

Currently, Atlanta has 2000 officers patrolling the streets which is the most in the city's history.

In December, Xavier Arnold an Army Reservist was shot and killed during an armed robbery on the belt line in Kirkwood.

Detectives arrested Qutravius Palmer, 22, for murder. A 14-year-old was also charged in the crime.

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