Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleAlbany/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime748n/a (estimate)1,0902,0582,324
Violent crime229n/a (estimate)334367370
Vehicle theft72n/a104.9206.5282.7
Property crime519n/a (estimate)7561,6911,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Albany, GA

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Albany crime rate is lower than the national average by 53.1%. Specifically, there were 229 violent crimes in Albany, equivalent to 334 per 100,000 individuals, lower than the national average by 9.8%. Furthermore, Albany recorded 519 property crimes, amounting to 756 per 100,000 residents, which was lower than the average by 61.3%.

For violent crimes per 100,000 people, Albany has a rate of violent crime that is very close to the national average. There were a total of 334 violent crimes, while the national average reported 370. This is an indication that the level of crime is essentially on par with all other cities.

While murder rates in the United States have generally declined since 1990, recent years have seen an unfortunate uptick. Albany stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates among cities reporting crime data. In Albany, a total of 16 murders were reported, equating to 23 murders per 100,000 residents. This statistic underscores the challenges facing the area in terms of severe violent crime and the importance of ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security within the community.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Albany?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Albany residents. Out of the respondents (132 in total), 11% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Albany were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 89% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Albany a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Albany is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Albany has a total crime rate that is 53% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 2.05 daily crimes (0.63 violent daily crimes and 1.42 daily property crimes) in Albany.

Has Crime in Albany Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Albany. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Albany has decreased by 81.7%. Violent crimes have decreased by 79.4%, while property crimes have decreased by 82.6%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Albany

Albany has a poverty rate that stands at 29.7, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Albany crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Albany reports an unemployment rate of 6.3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. Constrained employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-paying positions can contribute to elevated rates of unemployment and underemployment. Areas where individuals contend with joblessness or insufficient wages may display heightened susceptibility to an increase in criminal activities attributed to economic insecurity. Conversely, regions characterized by robust employment rates often witness a decrease in overall Albany crime rates.

The educational level achieved in any given city can influence crime rates significantly. Greater educational achievement is frequently associated with decreased crime rates, as it offers individuals improved job prospects and alternatives to engaging in crime related activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment rates tend to coincide with elevated crime rates. In Albany, 76.3% of residents have successfully graduated from high school, in contrast to the national average where 83% have achieved high school graduation.

Albany crime map

The Albany crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Albany as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Albany crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Albany crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Albany crime rates are 53% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Albany are 10% lower than the national average
      • In Albany you have a 1 in 92 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Albany is safer than 44% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Albany has decreased by 81%

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        Daily Crime In Albany (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Albany on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Georgia and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Albany (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Georgia, are 1.89 times less than the state average and 2.13 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Albany on a daily basis are 1.10 times less than than Georgia average and 1.11 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Albany are 2.24 times less than the daily state average and 2.58 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Albany (higher is better)

        Is Albany safe in comparison to other cities in the state of Georgia as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Albany to other cities in the state and across the country, Albany is 52% safer than other cities of Georgia and 44% safer than other cities in the nation. Albany has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Albany

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Albany is 1 in 300
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Albany is 1 in 133
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Albany is 1 in 92
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Albany, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 300. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 133 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Albany is 1 in 92.

        Year Over Year Crime In Albany (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Albany is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Albany has decreased by 79%, while the property crime rate in Albany has decreased by 82% year over year. The number of total crimes in Albany has decreased by 81% year over year.

        Albany police department

        Item Albany Georgia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)20711,364558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.64.03.3
        There are a total of 207 Albany police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.4% less than the Georgia average and 18.9% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Georgia

        State Total offenders Georgia /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 23,117 sex offenders in Georgia. This yields a total of 275 sex offenders in Georgia per 100,000 residents which is 3% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Leesburg, GA3,03528822850
        Putney, GA2,8051828381,020
        Sasser, GA4225002,3052,805
        Baconton, GA1,0245562,5643,120
        Albany, GA72,6343347561,090

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Lafayette, IN72,5565942,1892,783
        Turlock, CA72,7155752,8693,443
        New Britain, CT72,5433632,0622,425
        Framingham, MA72,8462841,4001,684
        Waukesha, WI72,419100793893
        Albany, GA72,6343347561,090
        Source: The Albany, GA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.