One Atlanta neighborhood made a top-25 list of the country's most dangerous. The southeast Atlanta, Lakewood area was ranked No. 9 by neighborhoodscout.com.
Residents of Hopkins Street and Adair Avenue have a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim of a crime, according to the website’s findings, which are based in part on FBI crime data. By comparison, residents of the top two neighborhoods on the list, both in Detroit, have a 1 in 7 chance of becoming a victim.
The southeast Atlanta neighborhood is less than a mile from Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood, a popular outdoor concert venue visited by thousands each year.
But at least one Adair Avenue resident says she doesn’t feel like the ranking is an accurate reflection of her home.
“This is a nice, quiet neighborhood,” Renae Mitchell told Channel 2 Action News. “I don’t know where the data comes from, but it’s not true.”
Despite the survey’s findings, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos says crime in the area and citywide is down to numbers not seen since 1969. Additionally, the real estate website calls the Lakewood area a good choice for homebuyers, despite its ranking.
“Not only does this neighborhood stand out for combining price and home value stability or increases, it also is a neighborhood with a high quality resident population … meaning this is likely a good place to buy, live, and enjoy,” the website states.
Atlanta police advise residents of any Atlanta neighborhood to use common sense and caution to avoid becoming crime victims.