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With City Under Lockdown, Crime in Midtown Drops Significantly

Most incidents of crime have decreased substantially in Midtown

Published: 05/07/2020

Midtown Blue is still on the job helping to keep the district safe, but with the streets emptier, they're finding less crime on the streets than this time last year.

Year-to-date crime in Midtown has dropped significantly. 

Midtown Blue, the public safety program run by Midtown Alliance in close partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), continues daily patrolling, dispatch and engaging with commercial and residential building managers. 

Without question, the circumstances are unique. But a recent snapshot shows how crime is shifting. Part 1 Crimes in the Midtown Improvement District are down 14 percent this year compared to the same point in time in 2019, according to statistics from APD. Violent crimes in particular are down 60 percent. But the district has experienced a recent uptick in commercial burglaries (12 incidents since January 1, 2020), as many ground floor businesses have suspended operations and staff are offsite. (Burglaries involve a person illegally entering anm unoccupied building. Robberies generally involve someone taking something from another person directly with the use of fear or force).

Here’s a look at how Part 1 Crimes this year compare to 2019 (data range = Jan 1 - May 1, 2019 vs. Jan 1 - May 1 2020): 

Atlanta Police Department and Midtown Blue have seen an even sharper decrease in violent crimes so far this year.

“With less traffic and activity in the district due to COVID, we are seeing a sharp decrease in crime,”  said Marcus Neville, director of Public Safety at Midtown Blue. “Perhaps offenders are making the decision to stay home too.” 

But when the streets are emptier than usual, Midtown Blue and APD are still on the job and need citizens to stay aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity in the district by calling 911 first, then call Midtown Blue at 404-817-0500.

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