Atlanta PD sounds alarm on rising homicides, guns stolen from vehicles


The Atlanta Police Division is sounding the alarm on a rising variety of homicides this 12 months, in addition to cases of criminals stealing weapons from autos.

The division launched its newest crime statistics report final week, indicating an 8% enhance in homicides in 2021 for the week ending Aug. 14 in comparison with the identical time interval in 2020 and a 58% enhance in homicides over 2019.

“Violent crime continues to be a problem. We try to regulate what we do and the way we do it to handle the problems which might be earlier than us,” Assistant Chief Todd Coyt instructed the Atlanta Metropolis Council throughout a public assembly, including that the Atlanta PD has made “some positive aspects” after reorganizing sure areas of the division.

Between April and June of 2021 in comparison with April and June of 2020, there was a 19% enhance in murders, and whole crimes are up 15%, in response to statistics from the Atlanta PD introduced on the assembly.

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Between January and August 2021, murders have elevated 8% and whole offenses have risen 12%.

“Violent crimes — extra particularly, homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults — are troublesome,” Coyt stated. “Moreover, auto thefts and auto larcenies are driving the crime. The overwhelming majority of our violent crime includes people that know one another. Our investigators and officers are making arrests. Nonetheless, we wish to get within the place the place we cease the incident from occurring.”

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Roughly 60% of homicides and 90% of rapes contain people who know one another, Coyt defined earlier than calling on group members to assist cease incidents earlier than they occur. 

Moreover, the Atlanta PD recorded a rise of 127 taking pictures victims within the first quarter of 2021 in comparison with the second quarter. Practically 400 weapons had been stolen from autos within the second quarter of 2021, as Fox 5 Atlanta first reported.

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“Weapons stolen from autos continues to be an enormous downside,” Coyt stated. “We’re recovering a considerable amount of weapons. … [A] great amount of weapons which might be stolen are from guests within the downtown and the north a part of the town. I ask once more, in the event you come into the town and it’s important to depart a weapon within the automobile, please safe the weapon in a locked field or a protected within the automobile.”

Coyt added that the division is seeing a rise in new functions in 2021 and inspired group members to say thanks to officers after they see them.



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