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Violent 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 peopleHelen/100k peopleGeorgia/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime37n/a (estimate)6,6672,0582,324
Violent crime7n/a (estimate)1,261367370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.0206.5282.7
Property crime30n/a (estimate)5,4051,6911,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Helen, 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 Helen crime rate is higher than the national average by 186.8%. Specifically, there were 7 violent crimes in Helen, equivalent to 1261 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 241.1%. Furthermore, Helen recorded 30 property crimes, amounting to 5405 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 176.6%.

With a crime rate of 6667 per 100,000 residents, Helen has a crime rate that is 186.84% higher than the national average. This results in one of the highest total crime rates in the entire country. This does not necessarily mean that the entire city is unsafe. As with any area, there are some pockets in Helen that are much safer than others. A little research will go a long way in determining which areas could potentially offer a safer living environment.

Helen ranks among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting violent crime, earning its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous areas. With a violent crime rate of 1261 per 100,000 people, Helen is considered one of the most unsafe cities in America. This statistic translates to a 1 in 80 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Helen, underscoring the need for increased safety measures and community engagement to improve the city's security.

Helen showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

With a property crime rate of 5405 crimes per 100,000 people, Helen unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Helen is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 19, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

The United States experiences some of the highest vehicle theft rates in the world, with about 300 vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. In fact, only a small percentage (about 10%) of cities were lucky enough to report no stolen vehicles at all. Helen was one of those cities, as it had no reported vehicle thefts in the most recent crime report.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Helen?

AreaVibes conducted surveys inquiring about the safety perception of Helen residents. Out of the respondents (11 in total), 45% expressed a strong sense of security, believing that crime rates in Helen were low, and they felt comfortable walking alone at night. Conversely, 55% held a contrasting viewpoint, expressing concerns about safety in the area and feeling uncomfortable walking alone during the nighttime hours.

Is Helen a Safe Place to Live?

Is Helen a safe place to live? While the answer may not be straightforward due to variations in safety levels across the city, gaining an understanding of the overall crime rate can prove to be advantageous. In general, Helen has a crime rate that is higher than the national average by 187%. Breaking this down on a daily basis, it translates to 0.1 daily incidents, encompassing 0.02 violent crimes and 0.08 property crimes. Evaluating these statistics can aid in forming a more informed perspective on the safety of Helen as a potential place to call home.

Has Crime in Helen Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Helen. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Helen has decreased by 32.7%. Violent crimes have didn't change by 0%, while property crimes have decreased by 37.5%. 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 Helen

The level of education within a community can impact crime rates. Higher educational attainment often correlates with lower crime rates, as it provides individuals with better job opportunities and alternatives to criminal behavior. While lower educational achievement rates tend to lead to higher crime rates. In Helen, 88.2% of people have completed high school, while 83% of people have completed high school nationally.

Escalating cost of living expenses, encompassing exorbitant housing costs, grocery and healthcare expenditures, can induce financial strain on individuals and families, particularly those with limited financial resources. Such economic stress may propel individuals towards criminal activities, including theft or burglary, as a means of addressing their financial hardships. Conversely, cities characterized by a lower cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, potentially resulting in a reduced crime rate. In Helen, the cost of living is 0.43% higher than the national average, reflecting a more affordable economic environment that could contribute to a decrease in crime levels.

The quality of housing and neighborhood conditions can influence crime rates. Neglected or run-down neighborhoods with poorly maintained properties may be more susceptible to criminal activities. In areas with housing affordability challenges, crime can emerge as a prominent issue. Certain individuals and families may find themselves residing in cramped or inadequate housing settings, amplifying stress levels and potentially fostering domestic conflicts and associated criminal incidents. It's worth noting that the median home price in Helen stands at $307,600, a contrast to the national average of $184,700.

Helen crime map

The Helen crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Helen 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 Helen crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Helen 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

  • Helen crime rates are 187% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Helen are 241% higher than the national average
  • In Helen you have a 1 in 15 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Helen is safer than 1% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Helen has decreased by 32%

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        Daily Crime In Helen (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Helen

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Helen is 1 in 80
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Helen is 1 in 19
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Helen is 1 in 15

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

        Helen police department

        Item Helen Georgia National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)1111,364558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents21.24.03.3
        There are a total of 11 Helen police officers. This results in 21.2 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 436.7% greater than the Georgia average and 553.1% greater 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
        Dahlonega, GA7,004119550669
        Demorest, GA2,247104727830
        Clarkesville, GA1,748153706859
        Mount Airy, GA1,545160736896
        Baldwin, GA3,5932261,0421,269
        Sautee-Nacoochee, GA5722851,3111,596
        Cornelia, GA4,5103281,5101,837
        Helen, GA5461,2615,4056,667

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        Helen, GA5461,2615,4056,667
        Source: The Helen, 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.