Stats show violent, property crime down in Sandy Springs

A report from the city shows that both violent and property crimes were down for Sandy Springs in 2017. The city reported zero murders.

A report from the city shows that both violent and property crimes were down for Sandy Springs in 2017. The city reported zero murders.

Crime is down in one city in north Fulton County.

According to stats from a “year in review” report published by Sandy Springs, both violent and property crimes were down in 2017, compared to stats from 2016.

The report shows that violent crime in the city fell by 3 percent, and property crime fell by 20 percent. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said that all the stats in the report are accurate for most of 2017, adding that “they are a couple weeks shy of the full year” because the report went to print before Christmas.

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According to the report, the city had zero murders, 14 rapes, 57 cases of aggravated assault and 50 robberies in 2017.

In 2016, the city reported 2 murders, 14 rapes 50 aggravated assaults and 59 robberies.

The police and fire department investigated 12 fires for arson in 2017.

For property crimes, the city had 179 vehicle thefts, 343 burglaries, 843 cases of larceny and 780 thefts from vehicles, according to the report.

The police department’s traffic unit issued 155 citations for DUIs, 70 citations for reckless driving and 1,730 speeding citations, according to the report. The department spent 754 hours handling more than 450 traffic complaints in 2017. The unit also assisted 3,189 drivers with various vehicle problems and changed 320 flat tires.

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The Sandy Springs Police Department is made up of 142 full-time officers, 12 part-time officers, six reserve officers and 21 civilians.

The report can be viewed in full on the city's website and includes sections on tourism, the fire department, public works, storm water, downtown development and more.

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