What are we measuring?
This measure follows the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program definition of property crime, which includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. We exclude arson in the measure, as is often done, as statistical data on arson are not consistently reported by local law enforcement agencies. More information on the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, including detailed definitions, can be found here.
The crime rates shown on this page represent reported crimes. It is generally recognized that many crimes go unreported to police. The National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that only about one-third (36%) of property crime victimizations were reported to police nationally in 2016. While victimization statistics are not available at the county level, the national statistics suggest that crime rates are generally much higher than suggested by statistics based on reported crimes.
Why are we measuring it?
Property crime victims may not be as traumatized as violent crime victims, but they can suffer from elevated fear, depression, and hostility for an extended time following an incident. Property crime, like violent crime, can have an impact on the local economy through reduced property values and the discouragement of investment by businesses and developers. Crime also has an economic impact on communities by consuming tax dollars needed to operate courts and jails and other components of the criminal justice system.
How are we doing?
The property crime rate in Fulton County fell nearly 20 percent between 2010 and 2015 before increasing in 2016 and remaining higher than any of the ten national benchmark counties. The median rate for the benchmark counties rose between 2014 and 2015 while the Fulton's rate continued to decline, bringing it closer to the median than any of the past five years.
National Benchmark County Property Crime Rates, 2011 - 2016
The chart below shows the property crime rates for Fulton County and its national benchmark counties for the years 2011 through 2016. (The slider above the chart can be used to change the year for which rates are shown.)
As with violent crime rates, property crime rates varied greatly across the county with all cities in the southern part of the county except for Chattahoochee Hills having rates higher than those in the north. Union City, which trailed East Point and College Park in 2014, had the the highest rate of reported property crime in 2016. College Park, after leading all cities in 2015, experienced a substantial drop in property crime in 2016 and fell to fourth place after Union City, Hapeville and East Point.
Property Crime Rates by Jurisdiction (2014, 2015 and 2016)
(Chattahoochee Hills and Union City did not report crimes for both years and are not shown.)