Decatur, GA
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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 35 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 29. 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 70% 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 813.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Decatur's rate for property crime is 33 per one thousand population. This makes Decatur a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Decatur is one in 30.

Importantly, we found that Decatur has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Decatur is one in 349.

Decatur Crime Data

 

Crime Index

15

(100 is safest)


Safer than 15% of U.S. Cities

Decatur Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

27

733

760

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

1.23

33.38

34.61

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Decatur 1.23
Georgia 3.78

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 813

in Decatur

1 in 264

in Georgia

Decatur VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 21,957
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 1 * 13 13
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.05 0.59 0.59
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Decatur 33.38
Georgia 30.22

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 30

in Decatur

1 in 33

in Georgia

Decatur Property CRIMES

Population: 21,957
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 122 548 63
Rate per 1,000 5.56 24.96 2.87

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Decatur Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Decatur 178
Georgia 30