As compiled via the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, “violent crimes” are defined as “those offenses that involve force or threat of force” and consists of four offenses: (1) murder/non-negligent manslaughter; (2) rape; (3) robbery; and (4) aggravated assault. Here are some numbers on Georgia violent crime rates for metropolitan regions:
- Albany (includes Baker, Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, and Worth Counties): 612 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Columbus (includes Russell County, AL and Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, and Muscogee Counties): 439 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Brunswick (includes Brantley, Glynn, and McIntosh Counties): 420 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Atlanta/Sandy-Springs/Roswell (includes Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties): 398 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Savannah (includes Bryan, Chatham, and Effingham Counties): 354 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Warner Robins (includes Houston, Peach, and Pulaski Counties): 348 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Hinesville (includes Liberty and Long Counties): 346 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Athens-Clark County (includes Clarke, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe Counties): 300 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Augusta (includes Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties): 286 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Valdosta (includes Brooks, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes Counties): 263 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Dalton (includes Murray and Whitfield Counties): 221 per 100,000 inhabitants
- Gainesville (includes Hall County): 176 per 100,000 inhabitants
Source: FBI — Violent Crime
Though these statistics are presented in descending order , it should be noted — particularly in light of the FBI’s own caution — that a region’s ranking does not provide a complete picture and drawing inferences based on ranking alone may prove misleading.
Violent crime rates, particularly when more narrowly reduced to particular locales, may provide an indication of foreseeability and assist in a property owner’s assessment of what safety precautions are reasonably needed to prevent injuries to people on its premises.