SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — In a time when crime numbers are going up in many metro Atlanta cities, one local police department has been able to reduce crime for the last three years.
The City of South Fulton Police Department said it took a combination of things working together to make it happen. The department told Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes that it’s confident that it can keep reducing crime.
South Fulton police have been cracking down on gang activity, making gang members relocate from their city.
“They’ve actually learned now that they can’t set up shop in South Fulton,” said Capt. Marcus Dennard with the City of South Fulton Police Department.
Police are also using Compstat, an internal weekly report, to study where crime is happening the most and targeting those areas with their best resources.
“We don’t have the biggest police force yet, but we’re heading there. But we have a group of talented individuals that combine and work together, and they definitely make this a lot safer place to live,” Dennard said.
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Overall, they’ve reduced crime by 17%.
Here’s the breakdown: Car break-ins are down 39%, burglaries are down 37%, aggravated assaults are down 22% and robberies are down 17%.
Over the last year, there have been several incidents in South Fulton where children have gotten their hands on guns and shot themselves accidentally.
So police are using gun safety classes to raise awareness and to keep these numbers down as well.
“Expand them to more audiences and stuff of all ages because everybody needs to know about gun safety, not just my age group but everybody,” South Fulton resident Eric Johnson said.
Investigators said keeping up with the latest technology is a huge factor when it comes to reducing crime.
South Fulton police told Fernandes they’re committed to using technology tools to keep up.
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