Major crime in Sandy Springs was down 7 percent last year for the lowest total reports since 2012, according to the police department’s year-end statistics.

Most of that drop was in property crimes—from 2,730 in 2014 to 2,531 in 2015. Violent crime numbers remained similar, with 151 reports in 2015 and 154 in 2014.

However, several major categories of violent crime were down significantly. The homicide rate was cut in half, from six to three. Rape reports dropped from 16 to nine. Robbery and burglary reports were both much lower than 2014. The only upticks were in aggravated assault and arson.

The Sandy Springs Police Department began operations in 2006, taking over from Fulton County police shortly after the city’s founding. The overall rate of serious crime steadily decreased until 2012, when there was an upswing. However, since then, the crime rate has again dropped annually. When 2015 crime rates are compared with 2006, violent crime reports are down 51 percent and overall serious crime is down 31 percent.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

2 replies on “Sandy Springs’ crime rate dropped 7% in 2015”

  1. Some context please. How does SS crime rates compare to other North Fulton Cities? How much has crime fallen in Roswell for example. More than 7 percent? Less than 7 percent? Why not provide a link so readers can compare rates in categories over years. No doubt the policing of Sandy Springs is off the charts better than under Fulton County, but we have the worst rates of any incorporated city in North Fulton. We need to let the Mayor and the PD know that we are happy the rates are heading in the right direction but we should still shoot for a higher standard – Roswell’s standard for example.

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