2021 marked the third year in a row that South Fulton was able to reduce crime in the area by the double digits. Part 1 crimes, which includes murder, rape and assault, fell by 17% according to the City of South Fulton Police Department.
The recent drop in crime follows a 17% and 16% decrease from the previous two years.
According to Police Chief Keith Meadows, using the CompStat model to closely follow data and build strategies has helped his team identify key trends and areas where crime occurs more frequently.
“CompStat provides us with a way to accurately and quickly identify part of the city where a
majority of serious crimes happen,” Meadows said. “Using that information, we can deploy
resources to problem areas.”
After detecting a pattern of increased drug activity around the winter holidays, investigators
planned two details that resulted in more than 100 arrests and the seizure of 20 guns, $65,000 in cash and a large amount of drugs, including 11 pounds of marijuana.
There have been changes in other crime numbers in the city as well.
Burglaries dropped by 37%, aggravated assaults decreased by 22% and robberies fell by 17%. Reductions in other crimes included auto theft (11%), theft (6%) and theft from a vehicle (40%).