Atlanta police data shows rise in crime

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Chief Rodney Bryant, of the Atlanta Police Department, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested after a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead on Tuesday night, including six Asian women. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Chief Rodney Bryant, of the Atlanta Police Department, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested after a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead on Tuesday night, including six Asian women. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 17: Chief Rodney Bryant, of the Atlanta Police Department, speaks at a press conference on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)

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Atlanta police said they’ve been dealing with an uptick in crime that’s spilling into all parts of the city. According to crime statistics released by the police department, the city has seen more than 100 homicides so far this year. This, compared to 157 in 2020 and 99 in 2019.

Reports on Tuesday said officers responded to six separate shootings this past weekend alone. Additionally, reports said most homicides have been taking place between people who’ve had a previous interaction.

Police said violent crimes like homicides, rapes and aggravated assault are driving the crime rate, along with auto thefts. Meanwhile, a plan has been announced to fight the increasing crime rate. The plan includes hiring 250 more police officers, expanding the city’s camera network and the addition of 10,000 more street lights by the end of next year.

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