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DeKalb County, Georgia Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for DeKalb County, Georgia. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how DeKalb County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for DeKalb County, Georgia, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 231,944 total crimes reported in DeKalb County, Georgia (28,953 of them violent). Of the 23,194 crimes that take place per year in DeKalb County, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in DeKalb County, Georgia every 22 minutes. This includes 567 murders, 1,154 rapes, and at least one hundred and forty-seven thousand thefts (including 40,340 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in DeKalb County, Georgia for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in DeKalb County has risen by 89%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 84%. By and large, the crime data indicate a significant rise in crime over the last 10 years in DeKalb County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit at least fifty-five thousand for DeKalb County, Georgia in 2009.

Crime Trends in DeKalb County, Georgia (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like DeKalb County, Georgia (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

DeKalb County, Georgia law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • In 2004, because of changes in reporting practices, annexations, and/or incomplete data, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.

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