City of Madison gets top safety rating

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By Sarah Wibell

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The City of Madison was recently ranked as the 41st safest city in Georgia in 2018 by, making it the second safest city in the surrounding counties of Walton, Oconee, Greene, Putnam, Jasper, and Newton. The only neighboring county with a higher ranked city was Walton and Gwinnett’s shared city of Loganville at 12th in the state. Social Circle ranked as the 50th safest city.

“To put it in perspective,” said Madison’s Chief of Police, Bill Ashburn, “there are about 535 incorporated municipalities in the state of Georgia, so 41st out of 535 is notable.”

He pointed out that Madison has the potential for more crime than actually occurs due to its proximity to Interstate 20. He credits the lower crime rate in part to the police presence in the area and around the I-20 exits.

Ashburn said he takes pride in the city’s force and has the utmost confidence in the officers of Madison who all go through significant background checks and rigorous vetting processes. Additionally, he said that he and the other officers “appreciate the support we get from our community, as well as the support from Mayor Perriman and council, and our City Manager, David Nunn. It is a joint effort.”

Mayor Fred Perriman stated, “This is why people choose Madison. This is why we are the city that we are. For a city of our size, to not have so many crimes, to be recognized, we are proud.”

He also expressed his gratitude to both the safety officers in Madison and the community’s care for one another.

“[The officers] are visible in our city and county, and that means a lot. We are blessed here because we consider each other to be neighbors and friends, and we want to be watchful for everyone.” used the most recent statistics from 2016 FBI crime reports for their assessments.

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