By Tia Lynn Ivey
Violent Crime and property crime is on a slight upswing in Madison, according to the latest Crime Report presented to the Madison Mayor and City Council last Monday, Mar. 11.
Madison City Staff compiled and presented the findings, which indicated a minimal increase in violent crimes and property crimes in 2017 after two years of diminishing.
According to the report, “In Madison both violent crime and property crime ticked back up, reversing former downward trends. Violent crime included a marked increase in the incidence of aggravated assault (use of a weapon) while property remained steady in all categories.”
However, compared to surrounding cities, Madison remains one of the safer communities.
“Comparing violent crime, Madison remains on the low end and comparable to Watkinsville and Social Circle, where incidents reduced by half. Whereas, violent crime doubled in Eatonton to reach almost triple Madison’s incidents…Comparing property crime, Madison remains on the high end and comparable to Eatonton. With property crime back up, Madison higher incidence levels is twice that of Social Circle and four-fold that of Watkinsville.”
Police Chief Bill Ashburn noted that Madison’s proximity to I-20 likely makes the city more vulnerable to certain crimes, such as car thefts.
In 2017, Madison experienced 15 incidents of violent crime, three robberies and 12 aggravated assaults, with zero murders or rapes reported. There were 171 property crimes reported: 26 burglaries, 139 Larcenies/theft, six MV thefts, and zero instances of arson.
In 2016 and 2015, there were only 10 incidents of violent crime reported for each year.
The 2016 Crime Report included one murder, four robberies and five aggravated assaults. The 2015 Crime Report included one murder, one two rapes, and seven aggravated assaults.