Serious crime has dropped  in Sandy Springs for six straight years, Sandy Springs police say.

On July 12, the police department took to the social networking site Twitter to report a 7 percent drop in Part One crime, the most serious crime categories. Crime has dropped six years in a row, the department reported.

“Our biggest drop in numbers is residential burglary,”Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose said in an email. “This has always been the main problem and complaint in north Fulton County. I think a lot of our efforts to reduce this category has to do with the patrol officers, who have good technology to work with … and coverage of beat areas. We have more beats and cars within each district than before.

“Another reason is the utilization of the crime suppression team (CST), which gives us the flexibility to move them into ‘hot spots’ and provide what we call relentless follow up until the problem is solved through arrest or the activity ceases. Part of any crime strategy is convincing the crooks to go visit someone else for a change. We know they’re going to do what they do, we do insist however, they do it somewhere else.”

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of