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Decatur, GA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Decatur is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 29 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Decatur is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Decatur is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Georgia, Decatur has a crime rate that is higher than 84% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Decatur to other communities of similar population, then Decatur crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Decatur does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Decatur does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Decatur.

NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Decatur's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory), and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Decatur is one in 738.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Decatur is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Decatur, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 36, which is a rate of 28 per one thousand population.

Decatur Crime Data

total Crime Index

11

(100 is safest)


Safer than 11% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Decatur Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

33

675

708

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.36

27.73

29.09

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
1.36
3.67
National Median: 4
    Decatur
    Georgia

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 738

in Decatur

1 in 272

in Georgia

Decatur Violent Crimes

Population: 24,338
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 1 8 10 14
Rate per 1,000 0.04 0.33 0.41 0.58

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
27.73
16.91
National Median: 20
    Decatur
    Georgia

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 36

in Decatur

1 in 59

in Georgia

Property Crimes

Population: 24,338
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 44 587 44
Rate per 1,000 1.81 24.12 1.81

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Decatur Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
166
19
National Median: 27.0
    Decatur
    Georgia