SPD Report: Very small decrease in violent crime

Crime & Safety

The latest crime report from Savannah Police Department shows most crime is down, but violent crime has mostly stayed the same. 

According to the report, total property crimes are down ten percent. Total Part I crimes are down nine percent. 

Violent crimes have decreased by just one percent. Police say there have been 810 reports of violent crime this year, including 20 homicides. 

According to data through the end of September, police have made just eleven arrests in connection with reported homicides. That means at least eight are still open and under investigation. 

This rate is better than last year and the national average. 

So far this year, police say Alderman District 1 had 19 non-fatal shootings — the most of any district. 

District 3 had the most homicides. Police say eight were reported in Northeast Savannah.

The report recommends SPD slightly alter its method of gathering evidence at crime scenes. it also says SPD needs to emphasizie patrolling and encourage officers to file police reports. 

On the road, officers have doubled the number of issued citations. In 2017, 11,365 were issued. In 2018, that number is 22,547. 

That number includes the 740 people who have been cited for violating Georgia’s new hands-free law. 

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