Atlanta, GA Criminal and Public Records

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About Atlanta

Atlanta is located in Fulton County, with a population of 463,878. This makes it the 1st most populous city in Georgia. It has an average income of $47,527.00.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 5,203 reported major violent crimes (0.011196 per person) and 25,556 reported major property crimes in Atlanta (0.054993 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Atlanta.

Crime Rates Compared to Georgia

When it comes to major violent crimes, Atlanta has 0.011196 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.003783 violent crimes per person statewide.

Atlanta has 0.054993 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.030223 per person statewide.

Disclaimer: The city of Atlanta resides in these counties: DeKalb County, Fulton County.


Atlanta Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (11th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (18th per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (63rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (21st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (47th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (46th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (60th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (31st per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 39th
  • Violent Crimes: 25th (246th per 100k)
  • Murder: 19th (219th per 100k)
  • Rape: 59th (1,060th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 24th (478th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 18th (82nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 28th (507th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 30th (636th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 27th (820th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 20th (69th per 100k)
  • Arson: 70th (726th per 100k)

In Fulton County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (3rd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 463,878
  • Households: 185,820
  • Median Income: $47,527.00
  • Land Area: 133.47 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.892 miles2
  • Time Zone: EDT

Atlanta, GA Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 93 94
Rape 151 170
Agg. Assault 3004 2944
Robbery 2329 1995
Burglary 5470 4781
Vehicle Thefts 4146 4282
Arson 75 50

Violent Crimes in Atlanta, GA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 94
Rape 170
Aggravated Assault 2944
Robbery 1995

Property Crimes in Atlanta, GA in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 4781
Larceny 16493
Motor Vehicle Theft 4282
Arson 50

Vehicle Thefts in Atlanta, GA

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 5878
2007 7020
2008 6490
2009 5726
2010 5043
2011 5371
2012 5150
2013 4432
2014 4146
2015 4282

Violent Crimes in Atlanta, GA

Year Violent Crimes
2006 7548
2007 8075
2008 7403
2009 6359
2010 5749
2011 6097
2012 6027
2013 5517
2014 5577
2015 5203

Georgia Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Atlanta is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 38097 38643
Murder 580 615
Rape 5207 5520
Agg. Assault 22052 22557
Robbery 12417 12247
Property Crimes 331316 308723
Burglary 76428 66374
Larceny 228034 215867
Vehicle Thefts 26854 26482
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Atlanta compares to the rest of Georgia or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Atlanta is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Georgia or nationwide.


Vehicle Thefts in the state of Georgia

Year Vehicle Thefts
2006 43163
2007 42594
2008 39628
2009 33145
2010 30305
2011 29475
2012 28536
2013 26826
2014 26854
2015 26482

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