Major crime in Sandy Springs was down 7 percent last year for the lowest total reports since 2012, according to the police department’s year-end statistics.
Most of that drop was in property crimes—from 2,730 in 2014 to 2,531 in 2015. Violent crime numbers remained similar, with 151 reports in 2015 and 154 in 2014.
However, several major categories of violent crime were down significantly. The homicide rate was cut in half, from six to three. Rape reports dropped from 16 to nine. Robbery and burglary reports were both much lower than 2014. The only upticks were in aggravated assault and arson.
The Sandy Springs Police Department began operations in 2006, taking over from Fulton County police shortly after the city’s founding. The overall rate of serious crime steadily decreased until 2012, when there was an upswing. However, since then, the crime rate has again dropped annually. When 2015 crime rates are compared with 2006, violent crime reports are down 51 percent and overall serious crime is down 31 percent.