City of Tucker Experiences Steep Drop in Violent Crime in 2017
TUCKER, Ga. (January 9, 2017) – In the first full calendar year of cityhood, Tucker saw a significant decline in overall crime, including a 30 percent reduction in the number of violent crimes committed.
Numbers compiled by DeKalb County Police for 2017 show encouraging trends:
- Homicides down 75 percent from 2016
- Robberies down 44 percent from 2016
- Business burglaries down 19 percent from 2016
- Auto thefts down 15 percent from 2016
- Entering autos down six percent from 2016
Tucker Mayor Frank Auman says much of the credit for these numbers goes to the men and women patrolling the streets.
“We are fortunate to have a great relationship with our partners at the DeKalb County Police Department,” Auman says. “Not only are these officers a presence in the community deterring criminal activity, they are making positive connections and building relationships with our citizens, especially our young people. Chief Conroy, Major Padrick and their officers are to be commended.”
The City of Tucker has an agreement with DeKalb County that provides the City with its own dedicated police liaison, Lt. D.G. Schoeppner. Schoeppner provides regular briefings to the City Council and staff on crime trends, as well as listens to concerns that residents bring to their City representatives.
“What we saw in 2017 was certainly encouraging,” Schoeppner explains. “Not only was crime down, but our officers and detectives are closing cases at a pace that far exceeds the national standard for police investigations. That means more bad guys being taken out of our community. As we go forward into 2018, we intend to continue to build on this progress through proactive policing, as well as cooperation with neighborhood leaders around Tucker.”
Looking ahead, leaders with Tucker and DeKalb County Police are negotiating terms of a long-term intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to lay the groundwork for policing in the City for several years to come.
“We know how critical public safety is for our residents and businesses to thrive in Tucker,” Auman says. “In our discussions, there’s been a lot of innovative, outside-the-box thinking. I really believe that what we come up with in this IGA will set a standard that other communities will look to and learn from.”
Tucker, which is home to DeKalb County’s Central and Tucker police precincts, became a city in March 2016 following an historic referendum vote in November 2015.