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APD stats: Assaults up 52% in intown zone, burglaries up in SW & Buckhead
Aggravated assaults climbed by more than 50 percent this year in intown Atlanta, and residential burglaries were up sharply in Buckhead and southwest Atlanta, police statistics show.
Year-to-date statistics posted online show overall crime was down citywide through April, as Police Chief Richard Pennington (left) has said. That statement, and his comments about the public’s “perception” of a spike in crime, have enraged critics who believe the city is responding too timidly to recent high-profile crimes.
But the numbers also show pockets of the city where certain types of violent and property offenses rose sharply in the first four months of the year.
Aggravated assault, for instance, climbed 52 percent in Zone 5 (which stretches from downtown Atlanta south to I-20 and north to Ansley Park), even as it declined by 8 percent in the rest of the city. Auto theft was up 23 percent and bicycle theft up 120 percent in Zone 5 during the same period.
Residential burglaries climbed 54 percent in Zone 3 (Southwest Atlanta) over 2008, the statistics show. In Zone 2 (Buckhead), residential burglaries rose 33 percent. Elsewhere in the city, the number of burgaries was stable or down slightly; in Zone 1 (northwest Atlanta), they were down 28 percent.
Southwest Atlanta also saw significant increases through April in several other crime categories:
— Auto theft (50%)
— Aggravated assault (26%)
— Non-residential burglaries (69%)
In Buckhead, shoplifting this year climbed by 32 percent, while auto theft and robbery both rose by 8 percent.
Zone 6 (east Atlanta) saw an increase in thefts from motor vehicles (17 percent) and aggravated assault (8 percent). There were also three criminal homicides there in the first four months of 2009, compared to none for the same period last year.
The APD Web site provides monthly crime summaries, including a breakdown for each of the city’s six police zones, through April. To track more recent incidents, a crime-mapping page allows users to call up information on major crimes citywide or in each zone.