FBI: Macon area ranked 3rd in Georgia for violent crime, 1st for property crime

    The FBI says the 2017 national violent crime rate decreased by roughly 1 percent when compared with 2016 data.

    MACON, Ga. -- New crime statistics released from the FBI show violent crime is up, while property crime is down, in the Macon-metro area. That includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

    According to the new report released this week, the Macon-metro area reported 1,057 violent crimes, up from 872 in 2016. That's a 21 percent increase year-to-year and is 21 percent over the national average.

    The report also states the Macon-metro area reported 9,076 property crimes, which is down from 9,457 in 2016. That's a 4 percent decrease year-to-year but remains 68 percent over the national average.

    The Warner Robins metro area includes Houston, Peach and Pulaski counties. The FBI says violent crime is down 16 percent in that area and is 2 percent under the national average, while property crime is up 7 percent and is 58 percent above the national average.

    According to the FBI report, the population in the Macon-metro area is down 0.21 percent while the Warner Robins metro area population is up 1.26 percent.

    When compared to the other metro areas in the state, when it comes to violent crime, the Macon area ranks third and Warner Robins area ranks fifth. For property crimes, the Macon area ranks first in the state while Warner Robins ranks third. The rankings are based on the rate per 100,000 inhabitants.

    Read the FBI's Georgia crime rate data below:

    Nationally, Baltimore's homicide rate is well above that of any other large US metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape when looking at American cities with populations over 500,000 people. Among major U.S. cities, Baltimore was followed in the FBI's annual tally by Detroit, which last year recorded a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people; Memphis, Tennessee, with a rate of 28 per 100,000; and Chicago, with a rate of 24 per 100,000. But some smaller cities reported a higher homicide rate than Baltimore's. St. Louis, with a population slightly over 300,000, had a rate of 66 murders per 100,000 people.

    Overall, the FBI says the national violent crime rate decreased by roughly one percent when compared with 2016 data.

    The national property crime rate declined 3.6 percent. Collectively, victims of property crimes, excluding arson, suffered losses estimated at $15.3 billion in 2017.

    You can access this report through the FBI's website.

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