Deep Dive: Macon-Bibb total crime flat in 2017, but violent crime on the rise

You were more likely to get robbed or shot in Macon-Bibb during 2017, but less likely to have your car stolen or your home broken into.

The Bibb County Sheriff's office released statistics Tuesday that showed total crime last year was almost flat compared to the previous year.

But they also showed that violent crime took a big jump from 2016, while property crime dropped.

Homicides, rapes, robbery and aggravated assaults all took big jumps last year.  Total violent crime increased 19 percent.

Meanwhile, burglaries in Bibb dropped 8.5 percent, and auto thefts dropped 17 percent. Arsons dropped 13 percent while larcenies rose slightly by 2.4 percent.

Total property crimes dropped 2 percent.

Overall, there were 24 fewer crimes last year -- a drop of 0.3 percent.

In 2016, crime countywide dropped 7 percent, and every crime category dropped except for auto thefts.

Crime 2016 2017 Change
Homicide 20 30 50.00
Rape 43 63 46.51
Robbery 275 320 16.36
Aggravated Assault  356 415 16.57
Violent Crime 694 828 19.31
Arson 62 54 -12.90
Burglary 1942 1777 -8.50
Larceny 5236 5362 2.41
Auto theft 651 540 -17.05
Property Crime 7891 7733 -2.00
Total Crime 8585 8561 -0.28

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