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City Ends 2012 With Stagnant Crime Rates

Serious crime increased only slightly from 2011 to 2012, according to data provided by Lilburn police.

The city of Lilburn finished 2012 with nearly the same rates of serious crimes as the previous year, according to data from the Lilburn Police Department.

These serious crimes, also known as Part 1 crimes, increased to 835 incidents, compared with 794 incidents in 2011 -- a 5 percent change. (This is with exception of arson, for which data was not provided.)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation describes Part 1 crimes as the most-violent crimes against persons and property. They include: arson, aggravated assault, burglary, homicide, larceny, auto theft, rape and robbery.

Larcenies account for the highest number of serious crimes in both 2011 and 2012, according to data. Lilburn Police have said that shoplifting, in particular, is of noted concern.

And, in 2012, police made 220 shoplifting arrests. In 2011, police made 196 arrests. The majority of the city's shoplifting incidents occur at Walmart, officials said. In part, that's because the big-box retailer has loss prevention officers.

By The Numbers

Homicides:

  • 0 in 2012 and 2011

Forcible Rape:

  • 3 in 2012
  • 0 in 2011

Robbery:

  • 22 in 2012
  • 26 in 2011

Aggravated Assault:

  • 21 in 2012
  • 28 in 2011

Burglary:

  • 99 in 2012
  • 114 in 2011

Larceny:

  • 657 in 2012 (Shoplifting: 255, Other Larceny: 402)
  • 594 in 2011 (Shoplifting: 219; Other Larceny: 375)

Motor Vehicle Theft:

  • 33 in 2011
  • 32 in 2012

(Editor's Note: "Other assaults" were also included in data provided to Patch. In 2011, there were 107 incidents, and in 2012, there were 94 noted.)

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Margot Ashley February 08, 2013 at 03:46 PM
When you look at the numbers under each category, robbery, aggravated assault and burglary are slightly to significantly lower than in 2011. Rather than report a total number of Part 1 crimes, and saying there is an overall increase, it would seem much more realistic to note there is an increase in Rape, Larceny and Motor Vehicle Theft, but a decrease of 18-25% in Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Burglary. As neighbors take care of each other, build neighborhood watches, and develop strong positive relationships with local law enforcement these Part 1 Crime numbers will continue to diminish.

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