20 Cities in Georgia with the Most Improved Crime Rate

December 5, 2014


Home to many professional and college sports franchises as well as the start of some wonderful mountain ranges and lush forests, the state of Georgia offers a little bit of everything. Want to catch a football or baseball game? You got it. Want some delectable food at some of the best restaurants in the country? You got it. Want to go boating, fishing, camping or spend a day at the beach? You can do that too in Georgia.

Using data from 2007-2012 FBI Crime Reporting Statistics, we’ve uncovered twenty cities in Georgia which have significantly decreased crime successfully.

The cities listed below have used some advanced police programs, services and techniques to help decrease their crime rate over a five year period. When looking through the data provided by the FBI, we have noticed their efforts have increased the quality of life for their citizens, as well as the safety of their neighborhoods.

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1. Jefferson, GA

Located in the northern portion of Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta and minutes northwest from Athens is the town of Jefferson, which tops our list of the most improved cities in the state. Jefferson is a small town that’s nearly right in the middle of everything. As mentioned, just minutes from two hot spot towns as well as being just a few miles from Lake Lanier and Barrett Pond, Jefferson can see a lot of through traffic from those traveling across the state or headed to go up the east coast down I-85. The town has grown at a steady pace over the past five years and at one time had one of the higher crime rates in the area, but thanks to hard work by the local police department and community, Jefferson has seen the overall crime rate take a massive decline while the city has crown, with an overall dip of just over 70 percent!

2007 Crime Rate: 57.92
2012 Crime Rate: 16.47
71.57% Decrease In Crime

2. Waynesboro, GA

Located on the eastern side of the state and just south of Augusta is Waynesboro, Georgia, who just narrowly missed being named our most improved city in the state. Waynesboro is kind of buried away off Route 121 outside of Augusta and can be a stop for many on the way traveling north. In the past, Waynesboro had issues with violent crime in the past, but utilizing programs like the neighborhood watch and over hard work by the local police department they’ve been able to see that number take a massive decline. In fact, crime overall over the past five years has dipped just over 70 percent according to data provided to us by the FBI and is why Waynesboro ranks so highly on our list of the most improved cities in Georgia.

2007 Crime Rate: 106.13
2012 Crime Rate: 31.49
70.33% Decrease In Crime

3. Auburn, GA

Tucked away nearly right in the middle of both Atlanta and Athens is the town of Auburn, Georgia. While already one of the safer cities in the state and in the local area, Auburn has still be able to place themselves in the top of our list of most improved cities in Georgia. Just minutes from Lake Lanier, some beautiful state parks in the area and located a comfortable distance from the big cities, Auburn has the small town feel while still being in the middle of everything. Through programs like the neighborhood watch and Explorers POST 726, which teachers the residents how to become active in the community preventing crime, Auburn has seen violent crime be reduced to nearly nonexistent levels.

2007 Crime Rate: 14.09
2012 Crime Rate: 5.42
61.57% Decrease In Crime

4. Commerce, GA

Just off of Interstate 85 and north of Athens is the small town of Commerce, Georgia. Commerce has plenty of natural attractions in the general vicinity, including being just miles from some state parks, Lake Lanier and even minutes from the University of Georgia. Commerce’s crime rate wasn’t all that high to begin with based on our data points provided by the FBI, but it was high enough to raise a few eyebrows. The local police department has done an excellent job over the past five years of bringing the overall crime rate down over 50 percent. Most notably, the local police department and community have seen the violent crime rate decline by over 60 percent since 2007 and is a big reason that Commerce made it into the top five of our list of the most improved cities in Georgia.

2007 Crime Rate: 47.18
2012 Crime Rate: 21.21
55.05% Decrease In Crime

5. Alpharetta, GA

Located just outside of the bustling city of Atlanta is the town of Alpharetta, Georgia. Not only is Alpharetta located close to the big city and often a town where people live and commute to Atlanta, but it’s also minutes away from some beautiful natural sites such as Allatoona Lake and Lake Lanier. The biggest city on our list, Alpharetta had one of the higher initial crime rates, but thanks to the community keeping an eye out for suspicious activity and the hard work of the local police department they have seen the overall crime rate drop over 50 percent in a five year period. Most importantly, Alpharetta has seen violent crime take a massive tumble, declining over 70 percent in the past five years and one of the biggest reasons they round out the top five on our list.

2007 Crime Rate: 45.14
2012 Crime Rate: 21.19
53.06% Decrease In Crime

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