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Crime dropped in Forsyth County in 2019, report says

The amount of burglaries, thefts, rapes and robberies in Forsyth County dropped 29.2% from 2018 to 2019, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The FCSO announced the findings Friday in a press release.

From 2018 to 2019, reported rapes were down 52% (from 25 to 12), burglaries dropped 33% (from 266 to 178), thefts decreased 28% (from 1,494 to 1,073), and robberies declined 22% (from nine to seven).

“The continued reduction in crime in the county is a true testament to the cooperation and communication between the citizens and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said in a statement. “Without the buy-in from our citizens, we would not be successful in combating crime and making sure it does not happen in Forsyth County.”

The data is collected by the FCSO for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR) program, which is part of a nationwide program administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Local law enforcement agencies in Georgia have voluntarily participated in the program since 1975. 

State and local law enforcement agencies, including Forsyth County, provide data to the UCR for eight offenses selected for their seriousness and frequency. Together, they comprise a “crime index” to give a snapshot of crime in the U.S.

The snapshot of crime in Forsyth County is favorable when compared to metro Atlanta counties.