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PTC has lowest violent crime rate in metro area

Peachtree City has the lowest rate of violent crime in metro Atlanta for the 2009 calendar year, according to statistics released recently by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The city recorded just 18 such crimes in 2009, which averages out to .51 per 1,000 residents.

Tyrone’s violent crime rate was also among the very lowest in metro Atlanta with a total of four such crimes for a rate of .58 per 1,000 residents.

The FBI defines violent crimes as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

In terms of crimes classified as Part 1 crimes, which includes violent crimes and also burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft and arson, Peachtree City had the lowest crime rate among all cities of similar size in the state. Peachtree City had 188 such Part 1 crimes per 10,000 residents compared to 193 Part 1 crimes per 10,000 residents recorded in Kennesaw, which came in a close second place.

Among the violent crime data, other cities closest to Peachtree City’s rate were Milton (.79 violent crimes per 1,000 residents), Johns Creek (.87 violent crimes per 1,000 residents) and Kennesaw (.9 violent crimes per 1,000 residents).

The city has seen an increase in domestic violence and alcohol-related incidents that may be related in part to the job market and the economy, said Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. The city also has seen an increase in shoplifting recently, he added.

The department recently changed the city’s patrol zone system, breaking the city up into five zones instead of four. The result has been more of a focus on the “smaller” crimes in an effort to prevent more significant crime, Clark said.

“We are trying to get a partnership with the community and businesses to be more in tune with what goes on around us,” Clark said, noting that the city’s reputation as a safe place to live and work can work against crime prevention if people feel so comfortable they lose their vigilance. “Some people may be too trusting.”

Citizens are particularly urged to “be aware” of their surroundings as some criminals have cherry-picked the area because of the public’s perception that the city is so safe, Clark said.

Clark said another significant area of concern for safety is the city’s 90 miles of golf cart paths, particularly since some incidents on the path take hours, days and sometimes weeks to be reported, making them difficult to handle.

“A lot of times we don’t get those calls in a timely basis,” Clark said.

Clark said his officers meanwhile are doing a “great job” and he also gave thanks for the collaboration Peachtree City has with the Fayetteville and Tyrone police and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.



fiddle's picture

A big thank you to all the men and women in the Peachtree City Police Dept.
I do sleep better at night knowing that you all are out there.

Seems to have less to do with the police and more to do with demographics.

Linking our county to South Fulton and Clayton is supposed to be good for us. Why?

Does Union City have mass transit?

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

You can park your car, catch a bus and it takes you to the train station.
I would rather have a hub or train station. Newnan has a Park N Ride in a much safer area. PTC has so many empty strip malls why not pick up some revenue there have a Park N Ride?

Pray tell, exactly who are the 'undesirables'? The junkies selling Meth to our school kids via the golfcart paths or the gang bangers doing the car jackings? BTW, we have no shortage of golfcart paths in PTC.

While we're at it, when was the last time you saw an 'undesirable' waiting for a bus holding a 60" flat screen or a set of fine china?

How about making it easier for the people that pay for PTC to get to and from work?

Do the math, do you honistly think that the jobs available in PTC can come anywhere near the cost of paying for a $250,000 mortuage? NOT!

The people that pay for PTC work in Atlanta so what’s wrong with taking 100's if not 1,000's of cars off of Hwy. 74 and I-85?

They won't have to carry your plasma tv on the train, they will be living next to you. They will be living in a flop/rental home right next door. Many of us will have to rent our homes to someone if we can't sell them.

I don't think anyone is afraid of the poor people that use trains as their only means of transportation, it's the criminal debris that follows them that we don't like.

Well, I guess that I have been too hard on the PTC police...

With all of the crime all-around South Atlanta, I think that they deserve some credit for their tactics.

.....and the Brooklyn bridge is in Kansas.

Doesn't anyone remember last year when this came up and proven to be a bunch of crap?

Don't believe everything you read, or hear on the cable news.

PTC Observer's picture

police department for your outstanding work for our community.

Speaking of undesirables - check out the to see a shot of the thug carrying off someone's flat screen tv in Sharpsburg, just a few short miles over the line from Peachtree City.

Do we have to click on every link in the site to find it, or could you be a little more specific?

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Is there a difference in white crime and minority crime? I mean other than petty robberies and such.

How about corporate graft?

How about stock manipulation other than normal flow?

How about submitting three different balance sheets while running for governor?

How about whites on welfare as opposed to minorities? (there are more whites of course---more of them)?

Why are most very young whites on parole and most minorities in Georgia's jails for many years for similar crimes? (we are afraid of them more)?

Is a crook who works at something regularly a better person than a crook who doesn't have a job--uneducated?

Is it better for a crowd to assemble of whites in the street or for a minority crowd to assemble--they do "march" more?

There are a thousand more of this type of questions which are asked by Psychiatrists of criminals sometimes, and regular folks.

With proper evaluation of enough people one can determine racists!

Gort's picture

I think he stole the pants too. Do they look too short for him or what? TV too big, pants too small. He really should think about finding another profession, the crime thing just isn't working for him.

Remember: If you think Social Security and Medicare are worth saving, vote for the Democrat.

Seems like we have had more bad crime lately than ever!

Now, I just saw where The Bishop, Eddie Long Is now as of today Friday,has got four kids suing him for sexual deviations. Certainly doesn't make him guilty of much but the practice itself he uses at his churches (cars, trips, etc.) lends to an investigation.
The lawyers say such carrying on with under 18 kids down to 16-17 is not illegal for men I guess. What were those parents thinking? Did they all have parents, or just grandmother?

All this reminds me of other similar groups in religion and some recently formed about Taxes, etc. I don't mean by that the latter is about sex, but to the particular types of groups to which such stuff appeals.

Can you remember "pastors" Church, Bakker, Haggard, Paulk, Jim Jones, Terry
Jones, numerous Catholic "Fathers", or "daddies," who have plundered this country and others?

They claim 30,000 members in Atlanta alone! Don't know about Charlotte and others. There are pictures of him that does not appear to be suitable for a Pastor or for young boys! What do that many "members get from such a person or place when they do know many of his actions which certainly are questionable: Mansions, expensive autos (many), Jet trips to collect speaking fees, taking young boys with him to Africa and such places and staying in same rooms, and being in with the county schools by donating money. He used the County busses for his church.
Donating a small percentage of his take to the schools doesn't justify intermingling!

I know it is difficult for that many people to admit they were foolishly duped, but people like this must be thoroughly given justice quickly under any circumstances.

the recent article re:the number of increased stops by the Peachtree City Police Dept.,some for minor infractions...because you didnt get a chance to go to Walmart or Kmart to replace that directional light that just burned out,etc. I would like to see more neighborhood and shopping center patrols than police cars sitting in a parking lot or road side with the radar going. Police patrols would surely be a deterrent to neighborhood and shopping center crimes. Nice job by the police department and alert citizens keeping the city safe.

I cannot believe how cool you look. You must have had a two week blockage in your bowel movements by the looks of the heavy load in your pants. You must have really been scared.

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