The Crime Rate Of Atlanta Essay

2055 WordsDec 9, 20169 Pages
Did you know that someone is murdered every 60 seconds in the united states? Atlanta was recently ranked October 2012 as the sixth most dangerous city in the United States among cities of more than 200,000 residents. According to Forbes the city has a violent crime rate of 1,433 per 100,000 and has experienced a violent crime rate rise of six percent in 2011 and is currently increasing. Crime in Atlanta, Georgia is above the national median and has been a major problem for the city since the middle 20th century. Atlanta has been known for high crime rates, particularly property crime and homicides. Much of the city 's crime, however, is centralized in most of its western neighborhoods and scattered neighborhoods adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. These include Grove Park, Center Hill, and Bankhead, some of the most crime-infested neighborhoods of Atlanta. This is alarming because Morehouse college is literally less then ten minutes from all of these places. In just these three areas alone homicide is rated 20.5, forcible rape is rated 33.2, robbery is rated 512.6, aggravated assault is rated 661.1, burglary is rated 1203.9, grand larceny-theft is rated 3631.0, motor vehicle theft is rated 912.5 and arson is rated 16.5 calculating to an disgusting overall rate of 5747.4. Drug abuse and distribution among youth is also a big problem. The use of both alcohol and cigarettes reached their highest points according to recent studies. Use of several

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