ALBANY, Ga. — Statistically, Albany’s crime reports dropped in a few categories in 2010 along with numbers in Georgia and the nation, but overall the city’s crime increased.
“It is really good that violent crime has dropped; any drop in violence is good,” said Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Edwards. “I think the economic conditions drive property crime.”
According to the recently released FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Albany — with a population of 73,034 in 2010 — saw 722 violent crimes. That was a drop of 90 from 2009. The drop did not, however, include the separate category of murder/homicide, which increased by three to 11 from eight in 2009, when the city’s population was 75,734.
In the category of aggravated assault, 2009 FBI statistics showed 536, while 2010 stats showed 480. Property crimes, as Edwards commented on, increased from 4,788 in 2009 to 5,037 in 2010.
Total crimes reported by the FBI in its report for Albany in 2009 were 11,214. In 2010 the number grew to 11,533.
In Georgia, FBI stats showed violent crime and killings trended downward, as they did in the country. Nationwide, the report showed that violent crime decreased 6 percent. In Georgia, there were 39,072 violent crimes, compared to 42,073 the previous year.
Georgia had 558 murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases reported in 2010, compared to 566 the previous year.
Property crime was also down both nationally and in Georgia.