Georgia Arrest Records and Crime Rates

An arrest record is a report created by law enforcement agencies following an arrest of an individual suspected of committing a crime. The report covers all details considered relevant by the arresting officer or officers, and will note, among other specifics, the time and date of the alleged crime, what the offender stands accused of, time and date of future court dates, details on police interrogation and more.

 

Georgia Police Report

The Georgia police report itself is the document that describes all information that was encountered by the law enforcement agents handling the arrest or incident. This information includes the names of those involved including witnesses, alleged criminals, and law enforcement officers, the crime perpetrated, and the nature of the incident.

Because of this, police reports often serve as evidence from the police, as they detail every pertinent piece of information from the apprehension of the criminal. They offer a firsthand account of the crime and the criminal as they were arrested, and cannot be altered after recorded, making it useful for future trials. This gives police reports a huge influence during a court trial, as it is essentially the evidence provided by the arresting officer. Often the judge will rule in accordance with findings from the police report, provided they are strong enough.

Simply put, the police report is the first piece of evidence entered into the criminal justice system pertaining to a case, and sets the stage for the criminal proceedings from that point. The defendant must provide reasonable doubt that the police report is accurate in its assumptions if they hope to prove their side of the case.

In Georgia, being able to search for and obtain a police record and a criminal arrest record is a right provided under Georgia Open Records Act. As stated in the law itself, the Georgian General Assembly “finds and declares that the strong public policy of the this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open, and democratic society; and that public access to public records should be encouraged to foster confidence in government and so that the public can evaluate the expenditure of public funds and the efficient and proper functioning of its institutions.” This means that being able to find and obtain a Georgia police record, Georgia arrest record, and Georgia criminal record is something that every citizen can expect from their municipality.

 

Crimes and Arrests

In 2017, Georgia arrest records represented a total of 51,967 individuals arrested for both violent and property crime. Of that number 13,185 was for alleged violent crime (Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault), while 38,782 was for property crime (Burglary, Larceny, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson.)

For violent crime, the leading age demographic for violent crime were those between the ages of 22 and 29, with the the 17 to 21 and 30 to 39 brackets contending for second place. For property crime, there is no clear leading demographic, but the 17 to 21 year old bracket led burglary with 1,187 cases, and motor vehicle theft with 423 reported cases. Larcey was led by the 22 to 29 year old bracket with 7,431 cases, while the 30 to 39 group led in the arson category with 47 reported cases.

For gender, men were the clear leader in every category and every type of crime. Total, men committed 25,182 alleged crimes while women only made up 13,600 of that number.

 

profile of persons arrested by specific age, sex - 2017

The numbers of persons arrested are complited from summary arrest reports submitted monthly by local law enforcement agencies. Presented below is a profile of individuals arrested broken down by age, sex for 2017.

Type of Crime 16 and
Under
17-21 22-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Male Female
Murder 38 96 157 93 43 47 419 55
Rape 34 78 88 76 39 34 346 3
Robbery 346 760 527 303 108 67 1,867 244
Aggravated Assault 636 1,382 2,836 2,524 1,456 1,417 7,625 2,626
Total Violent Crime 1,054 2,316 3,608 2,996 1,646 1,565 10,257 2,928
                 
Burglary 944 1,187 1,158 975 486 342 4,386 706
Larceny 3,202 6,492 7,431 6,787 4,139 3,622 19,201 12,472
Motor Vehicle Theft 414 423 363 354 163 108 1,442 383
Arson 37 26 40 47 20 22 153 39
Total Property Crime 4,597 8,128 8,992 8,163 4,808 4,094 25,182 13,600
                 
Total Index Crime 5,651 10,444 12,600 11,159 6,454 5,659 35,439 16,528

Overall, the number of crimes and incidents in Georgia has decreased from even four years ago. In 2013, nearly 329,076 incidents resulted in 65,230 arrests, while in 2017, those numbers were 328,236 and 51,967 respectively.

Unfortunately, while total crime is lowering in Georgia, violent crime has seen an increase. In 2014 and 2015, violent crime was lower than in 2013, it’s number have risen in the most recent years. In 2017, 23,258 incidents of violent crime occurred with 13,185 resulting in arrests. This represents 701 incidences of murder with 474 resulting in an arrest (67% arrest rate), 2,684 incidences of rape with 349 arrests (13%), 9,878 incidences of robbery with 2,111 arrests (21%), and 23,258 incidences of aggravated assault with 10,251 arrests(44%).

Overall property crime has been on a slow but steady decline for both incidences and arrests. In 2014, 329,076 incidences of property crime resulted in 52,394 arrests. This compares to 2017’s number of 291,715 and 38,782 respectively. Burglary came in at 53,930 incidents with 5,092 arrests (9% arrest rate), 210,997 incidences of larceny with 31,673 arrests (15%), 25,870 incidences of motor vehicle theft with 1,825 arrests (7%), and 918 incidences of arson with 192 arrests (2%).

 

COMPARISON OF REPORTED INDEX crimes and arrests 2013-2017

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Type of Crime Incdnt Arrests Incdnt Arrests Incdnt Arrests Incdnt Arrests Incdnt Arrests
Murder 554 475 579 453 606 466 666 478 701 474
Rape 1,934 367 2,091 365 2,222 325 2,407 326 2,684 349
Robbery 12,272 2,824 12,373 2,779 11,947 2,546 12,069 2,421 9,878 2,111
Aggravated Assault 20,371 9,170 21,830 8,873 21,517 9,226 23,751 9,854 23,258 10,251
Total Violent Crime 35,131 12,836 36,873 12,470 36,292 12,563 38,893 13,079 36,521 13,185
                     
Burglary 79,992 7,716 75,646 7,370 63,983 6,161 61,464 5,571 53,930 5,092
Larceny 218,707 42,762 225,567 42,860 208,826 38,077 214,539 32,870 210,997 31,673
Motor Vehicle Theft 26,365 1,703 26,842 1,707 25,690 1,617 26,361 1,642 25,870 1,825
Arson 1,115 213 1,021 224 881 177 1,085 186 918 192
Total Property Crime 329,076 52,394 329,076 52,181 299,380 46,032 303,449 40,269 291,715 38,782
                     
Total Index Crime 361,310 65,230 365,949 64,651 335,672 58,595 342,342 53,348 328,236 51,967

 

County and School Crime

Georgia’s overall crime rate is slightly higher than the national average, with violent crime coming in at 7.4% higher than the national median, and property crime coming in at 16.4% higher.

Fulton County Seal

Fulton County, Georgia’s most populated county, experienced the most crime of any in the state. With a population of 1,041,823 as of 2017 (the only county with more than 1 million people), the crime rate reflects this, with 124 murders, 415 rapes, 2,354 robberies, and 4,286 aggravated assaults. For property crimes, there were 6,235 burglaries, there were 33,652 larcenies, 6,097 vehicle thefts, and 114 instances of arson. Fulton County is home to Georgia State University, the second largest university in Georgia. In 2016, on the main campus, there were five rapes, 14 robberies, 11 aggravated assaults, three burglaries, and two car thefts. For misdemeanors, there were 39 liquor arrests, 59 liquor law violations, 84 drug arrests, 58 drug law violations, and nine weapon possession arrests. To obtain public records in Fulton County, including criminal, court, vital, and traffic records, visit the Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court at 136 Pryor Street SW, Suite C103, Atlanta, GA, 303030. You may also write to the same address to request a copy of records, or call 404-612-8482 for more information. Please remember to fill out a File Request Form, and include the appropriate fee in the form of a check or money order.

DeKalb County Seal

DeKalb County, Georgia's fourth most populated county with nearly 750,000 people ranked second for crime rate. In 2017, there were 98 murders, 169 rapes, 1,535 robberies, and 2,060 aggravated assaults. For property crime, there were 6,000 burglaries, 20,853 larcenies, 3,729 car thefts, and 137 arson incidents. DeKalb is the site of the Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia’s third largest college in terms of population. From 2013 to 2015, there was one murder, one rape, four robberies, one burglary, four car thefts, two illegal weapons possessions, and three drug law violations.To obtain public records in DeKalb County, including criminal, court, vital, and traffic records, visit the DeKalb County Central Records office at 1960 W. Exchance Place, Room 210, Tucker, GA, 30084 . You may also call 770-724-7740 for more information. Please remember to bring the appropriate fee when requesting a public record.

Gwinnett County Seal

Gwinnett County was third for crime rate, and is the second most populated county in Georgia, with nearly 930,000 residents. They experienced 33 murders, 192 rapes, 803 robberies, and 893 aggravated assaults. For property crime, there were 3,342 burglaries, 14,152 larcenies, 1,620 car thefts, and 45 incidents of arson. Gwinnett is home to Gwinnett College Lilburn, which report no crime on campus from 2013 to 2015. They are the fifteenth largest school in Georgia. To obtain public records in Gwinnett County, including criminal, court, vital, and traffic records, visit the the Open Records website provided by Gwinnett County and select the appropriate department. For most record requests, be sure to fill out an Open Records Request Form, and understand that each type of record request requires a fee be paid (generally 10 cents per page). You may also contact your officials directly through email or phone.

Cobb County Seal

Cobb County was fourth in crime, and third in size, with a population of 759,287. The county experienced 27 murders, 172 rapes, 601 robberies, and 1,089 aggravated assaults. In terms of property crime, there were 2,540 burglaries, 13,619 larcenies, 1,537 car thefts, and 37 arson incidents. Cobb county is the site of Georgia's fourth largest school - Kennesaw State University - which reported 16 rapes, one robbery, two aggravated assaults, 15 burglaries, five car thefts, 124 drug violations, and 36 liquor law violations between 2013 and 2015. To obtain public records through the Cobb County government, visit the Open Records Center, or one of the many third party amalgamation websites available online. You may also contact specific departments and their administrators via email or phone.

Clayton County Seal

Clayton County is Georgia's sixth largest county with a population of 283,233, and fifth for crime rate. The county experienced 44 murders, 202 rapes, 627 robberies, and 963 aggravated assaults. For property crime, there were 2,585 burglaries, 7,690 larcenies, 1,760 car thefts, and 15 incidents of arson. Clayton State University is situated in this county, and is Georgia’s twenty third largest school. On-campus crime between 2013 and 2015 represented one murder, 5 rapes, two robberies, one aggravated assault, six burglaries, six vehicles thefts, three illegal weapons charges, and six drug law violations. To obtain public records in Clayton County, contact them at 112 Smith Street, Annex 1, Jonesboro, GA, 30136, or at 770-477-3208, or by email at portia.reeves@claytoncountyga.gov. You may also their online court case inquiry search function or a third party amalgamation website to search for records online.

Chatham County Seal

Chatham County is Georgia’s fifth largest county with 293,499 residents, and ranked sixth for crime in the state. In 2017, they experienced 38 murders, 115 rapes, 425 robberies, and 769 aggravated assaults. For property crime, there were 1,779 burglaries, 7,579 larcenies, 1,062 vehicle thefts, and 21 convictions of arson. The county is home to one of the oldest universities in the country, and the eighth largest in Georgia: Savannah University. The school experienced two murders, two rapes, fourteen robberies, ten aggravated assaults, sixty burglaries, three car thefts, one arson attempt, fifteen illegal weapons violations, 75 drug violations, and three liquor law violations between 2013 and 2015. To find public records in Chatham County, Contact the Director of Open Records Information at mgavin@savannahga.gov, at City Hall, or by phone at 912-651-6410. You may also search for records online by filling out the e-form provided through the Savannah government website portal. Please note that these requests may include fees of up to $25, which includes copying fee of 10 cents per page.

Muscogee County Seal

Muscogee County ranks twelfth in terms of population with a residence base of 198,832, and seventh for crime. The county experienced 35 murders, 74 rapes, 395 robberies, and 806 instances of aggravated assault. They also experienced 2,138 burglaries, 6,052 larcenies, 705 vehicle thefts, and 35 arson convictions. The county is home to Columbus State University, which is Georgia’s twentieth largest school. On campus crime between 2013 and 2015 is represented by four rapes, one robbery, 12 burglaries, one vehicle theft, four illegal weapons possession charges, 22 drug law violations, and six liquor law violations. To find criminal records in Muscogee County, please fill out a records request form and mail it to the Records Custodian at mcsoorr@coumbusga.org or to the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, 100 10th Street

Richmond County Seal

Richmond County (also known as Augusta) is Georgia’s tenth largest county, and the eighth largest for crime rate. The county saw 23 murders, 47 rapes, 283 robberies, 523 aggravated assaults, 1,615 burglaries, 6,832 larcenies, 672 car thefts and 46 counts of arson. Open records requests can be sent to the Augusta Law Department at 535 Telfair Street, Building 3000, Augusta, GA, 30901. They may also be faxed to 706-842-5556.

Bibb County Seal

Bibb County ranked ninth for crime in the state of Georgia, and is the fifteenth largest county. They experienced 29 murders, 70 rapes, 311 robberies, 526 aggravated assaults, 1,762 burglaries, 5,411 larcenies, 552 vehicle thefts, and 112 arson attempts. The county holds Middle Georgia State University, Georgia’s 18th largest school. On campus crime for the school is represented in the 2013 to 2015 period by two aggravated assaults, two burglaries, one car theft, three drug law violations and two liquor law violations. Bibb County Public Record requests can be sent to The Bipp County Government at 601 Mulberry Street, P.O. Box 4708, Macon, GA, 31208. They can also be faxed to 478-621-6329. Requests to the Bipp County Sheriff can be sent to 651 Hazel Street, Macon, GA, 31201, or faxed to 478-621-5528. Remember to fill out the Open Records Request form, and have any fees required ready for transfer.

Houston County Seal

Houston County ranks tenth in the state for crime, and is Georgia’s 14th largest county. The county held jurisdiction over eight murders, 42 rapes, 163 robberies, 337 aggravated assaults, 1,067 burglaries, 4,667 larcenies, 352 vehicle thefts, and 20 arson attempts. The county is home to Central Georgia Technical College; Georgia’s fourteenth largest school. The school reported only two drug law violations between 2013 to 2015. Requests for public records can directed to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Records Division. The Houston County Sheriff’s office runs criminal history requests for individuals after being properly identified with picture ID. There is a $20 fee for criminal history requests that must be paid in cash. Questions can be asked at 478-542-2080.

 

reported metropolitan statistical area (MSA) index crimes - 2017

The table below reflects Index Crimes reported for each designated Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Georgia. Listed for each area are the counties encompassed in that MSA, corresponding county populations and the total Index Crimes reported. The number of crimes reported for the county is compiled from all law enforcement agencies operating in that county. This includes sheriff's offices, police departments, campus police, and any other agency designated as a law enforcement agency.

METROPOLITAN
STATISTICAL
AREA (MSA)
/ COUNTY
POPULATION MURDER RAPE ROBBERY AGGRAVATED
ASSAULT
BURGLARY LARCENY VEHICLE
THEFT
ARSON INDEX CRIME
THEFT
% OF TOTAL
Albany, GA Baker Dougherty Lee Terrell Worth MSA TOTAL   3,109
89,392
29,528
8,890
20,615
151,534
  -
22
1
-
-
23
  -
33
6
3
13
55
  -
159
14
5
7
185
  -
662
30
23
95
810
  -
976
87
41
119
1,223
  -
3,395
460
134
282
4,271
  -
216
14
8
16
254
  0
29
0
0
1
30
  0
5,492
612
214
533
6,851
2.1
Athens, GA Clarke Madison Oconee Oglethorpe MSA TOTAL   126,113
28,975
37,580
14,942
207,610
  6
-
1
-
7
  69
3
-
-
72
  126
4
3
2
135
  335
35
26
30
426
  719
96
60
47
922
  3,302
295
383
153
4,133
  234
22
18
16
290
  14
0
0
0
14
  4,805
455
491
248
5,999
1.8
Atlanta, GA Barrow Bartow Butts Carroll Cherokee Clayton Cobb Coweta Dawson DeKalb Douglas Fayette Forsyth Fulton Gwinnett Haralson Heard Henry Jasper Lamar Meriwether Newton Paulding Pickens Pike Rockdale Spalding Walton MSA TOTAL   78,539
104,560
23,859
117,359
246,715
283,233
759,287
142,923
23,860
749,485
144,064
112,556
229,674
1,041,823
925,877
29,121
11,440
224,943
13,634
18,525
20,975
108,315
158,309
31,106
17,969
90,147
65,007
91,374
5,864,679
  2
-
-
4
4
44
27
7
-
98
4
2
4
124
33
1
-
4
-
-
1
10
4
-
-
3
5
11
392
  22
13
4
35
33
202
172
23
7
169
24
9
24
415
192
5
1
48
-
1
3
24
18
8
3
29
17
14
1,515
  26
14
12
69
43
627
601
48
3
1,535
98
46
17
2,354
803
7
-
133
3
2
8
78
27
4
1
61
61
34
6,715
  349
99
69
290
154
963
1,089
271
26
2,060
307
54
92
4,286
893
125
13
260
58
30
70
319
159
67
10
188
269
149
12,719
  344
219
77
701
418
2,585
2,540
419
69
6,000
491
160
322
6,235
3,342
171
36
957
55
81
88
516
535
103
37
380
595
291
27,767
  1,390
1,064
428
2,413
2,419
7,690
13,619
1,771
356
20,853
3,454
1,210
1,624
33,652
14,152
580
89
3,815
159
343
260
1,714
2,212
508
138
1,907
1,680
1,261
120,761
  98
99
35
246
139
1,760
1,537
179
29
3,729
179
117
111
6,097
1,620
57
20
473
12
34
25
307
361
40
10
186
161
125
17,786
  4
0
0
10
0
15
37
6
0
137
8
4
7
114
45
1
2
14
0
0
2
6
6
0
0
13
2
1
434
  2,235
1,508
625
3,768
3,210
13,886
19,622
2,724
490
34,581
4,565
1,602
2,201
53,277
21,080
947
161
5,704
287
491
457
2,974
3,322
730
199
2,767
2,790
1,886
188,089
57.3
Augusta, GASC Burke Columbia McDuffie Richmond MSA TOTAL   22,609
151,754
21,460
202,012
397,835
  4
-
-
23
27
  4
13
1
47
65
  18
21
5
283
327
  70
42
31
523
666
  124
251
117
1,615
2,107
  316
1,907
92
6,832
9,147
  52
94
15
672
833
  1
3
0
46
50
  589
2,331
261
10,041
13,222
4.0
Brunswick, GA Brantley Glynn McIntosh MSA TOTAL 18,361
85,418
13,885
117,664
1
11
1
13
5
22
1
28
3
84
4
91
21
239
24
284
92
736
161
989
321
1,847
222
2,390
17
161
18
196
0
5
0
5
460
3,105
431
3,996
1.2
Chattanooga, GA-TN Catoosa Dade Walker MSA TOTAL 66,882
16,219
67,814
150,915
-
-
4
4
12
-
5
17
18
-
24
42
118
32
259
409
265
9
371
645
1,225
50
1,063
2,338
160
1
169
330
4
0
7
11
1,802
92
1,902
3,796
1.2
Columbus, GA-AL Chattahoochee Harris Marion Muscogee MSA TOTAL 10,910
33,949
8,498
198,832
252,189
-
-
-
35
35
-
2
-
74
76
-
5
-
395
400
-
12
7
806
825
-
61
32
2,138
2,231
-
140
39
6,052
6,231
-
19
-
705
724
0
0
0
35
35
0
239
78
10,240
10,557
3.2
Dalton, GAAL Murray Whitfield MSA TOTAL 39,326
105,022
144,348
1
2
3
-
34
34
-
23
23
52
188
240
51
468
519
134
1,625
1,759
10
180
190
2
8
10
250
2,528
2,778
.8
Gainesville, GA Hall MSA TOTAL 199,799
199,799
5
5
70
70
66
66
285
285
588
588
2,393
2,393
358
358
33
33
3,798
3,798
1.2
Hinesville,GA Liberty Long MSA TOTAL 62,647
19,174
81,821
4
-
4
16
8
24
37
2
39
276
16
292
359
98
457
1,265
99
1,364
86
16
102
1
0
1
2,044
239
2,283
.7
Macon, GA Bibb Crawford Jones Monroe Twiggs MSA TOTAL 152,480
12,289
28,656
27,481
8,057
228,963
29
1
1
1
1
33
70
-
-
2
1
73
311
2
5
11
1
330
526
12
30
39
14
621
1,762
83
116
97
49
2,107
5,411
161
256
417
67
6,312
552
17
26
42
14
651
112
2
3
2
1
120
8,773
278
437
611
148
10,247
3.1
Rome, GA Floyd MSA TOTAL 96,700
96,700
5
5
16
16
38
38
246
246
466
466
1,815
1,815
144
144
11
11
2,741
2,741
.8
Savannah, GA Bryan Chatham Effingham MSA TOTAL 37,354
293,499
59,899
390,752
-
38
-
38
8
115
5
128
5
425
9
439
95
769
59
923
143
1,779
275
2,197
387
7,578
589
8,554
19
1,062
57
1,138
3
21
0
24
660
11,787
994
13,441
4.1
Valdosta Brooks Echols Lanier Lowndes MSA TOTAL 15,613
3,956
10,464
115,619
145,652
1
-
-
10
11
7
-
6
26
39
9
-
5
55
69
68
2
42
209
321
98
13
45
865
1,021
323
32
133
3,368
3,856
29
-
15
332
376
1
1
1
17
20
536
48
247
4,882
5,713
1.7
Warner Robins, GA Houston MSA TOTAL 154,295
154,295
8
8
42
42
163
163
337
337
1,067
1,067
4,667
4,667
352
352
20
20
6,656
6,656
2.0
  TOTAL MSAs   8,584,756   608   2,254   9,062   19,404   44,306   179,991   23,724   818   280,167  85.4

 

Detective Kristen Nicole Hearne lost her life after being ambushed during a stolen vehicle investigation
Three police officers were killed in 2017; one in the line of duty, and two from accidents occuring during normal operations. Detective Kristen Nicole Hearne lost her life after being ambushed during an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers regularly put their safety on the line to perform their duty, and this is not an exception in Georgia. Law enforcement officers are regularly resisted, threatened, and attacked while doing their job.

In Georgia, there are 26,228 sworn officers, and 9,973 civilian officers, totalling 36,201 serving officers of the law. Of the sworn officers, 21,817 are men, while 4,411 are women. This trend is the opposite in the civilian core, where women make up the majority with 6,220 women serving to 3,753 men.

Of the officers currently serving, 1,035 were assaulted or attacked in 2017. The majority of attacks occurred during disturbance calls, where nearly 300 experienced some form of violence. This is followed by calls to follow up on suspicious persons and during the transport of prisoners with 151 and 144 assault incidences respectively. On the lower end, only seven assaults on officers occurred during incidents of ambush, 12 assaults as a result of investigating a civil disturbance, and 21 assaults from investigating reported burglaries.

 

LAW enforcement officers assaulted during 2017

Type of Activity Number of incidents
Ambush
Civil Disturbance
Burglaries
Robberies
Mentally Ill
Attempted Arrests
All Other
Traffic Stops
Prisoner Transport
Suspicious Persons
Distrurbance Calls
TOTAL 10,35

Three police officers were killed in 2017; one in the line of duty, and two from accidents occuring during normal operations.

Detective Kristen Nicole Hearne lost her life after being ambushed during an investigation into a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Highway 100 and Santa Claus Road. Two suspects were arrested, one after a “massive manhunt.”

Detective Kristen Nicole Hearne lost her life after being ambushed during a stolen vehicle investigation
Three police officers were killed in 2017; one in the line of duty, and two from accidents occuring during normal operations. Detective Kristen Nicole Hearne lost her life after being ambushed during an investigation into a stolen vehicle.

Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher lost his life after responding to a call concerning an unconscious person in Augusta, where he and other officers were overcome by toxic fumes in the building. While three other deputies were treated for their injuries, he passed away while at Augusta University Hospital.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Christopher Butler was killed in a traffic collision while responding to a domestic violence call at the corner of Cat Creek Road and Norman Hall Road. A tractor trailer crossed the centerline as it attempted to make a turn, and Butler was unable to avoid the collision. The driver pulled Butler from the burning wreck of the patrol car, but Butler succumbed to his injuries at South Georgia Medical Center.