Summerville: Safest City In Georgia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 February 2018 09:43
Summerville is the safest city in Georgia once again, according to a national home security vendor.
The city recaptured the top spot after sliding to fourth place last year. Officials credit residents and the police department for keeping crime low.
"We still do a good job keeping the place safe. We still think it is a good place to live and a safe place to live," Summerville Police Captain Harold Tucker said.
SafeWise uses FBI Crime Report statistics from 2016 to calculate the top cities. Those with a population fewer than 4,000 were eliminated from the report.
"The police force of Georgia’s safest city, Summerville, deserves a round of applause. With only one violent crime and 41 property crimes in 2016, they’ve clearly demonstrated their commitment to public safety," Safewise states.
Building a relationship between the police and citizens is one component that kept Summerville's crime low, according to Tucker.
"It's really not a secret how we police. We build a good rapport with our citizens and businesses. We are in and out of the businesses a lot and I think that helps to deter some crime," Tucker said.
The residents being responsible citizens also helped, according to Tucker and Summerville City Councilman Joe Money Jr.
"We've got a lot of good people that live here," Tucker said.
"I also think we've got a good police department. I think a lot of people have a lot of respect for {Chief Stan Mosley} and the police department," Money said. "I think we've got a good mix of people and a good school system. Parents must be doing a good job at home."
The city's previous rankings include:
* Fourth place in 2017
* First place in 2016
* Third place in 2015
"We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city," according to SafeWise.
SafeWise said Summerville's violent crime occurrence was extremely low: .23 out of every 1,000 people. Summerville property crime rate was 9.23 out of every 1,000.
Officials feared Summerville would drop out of the rankings this year. The company used 2016 FBI crime statistics, which wasn't a good year for Summerville crime.
That was the year two gunmen barged into a local convenience store and shot and killed the clerk. Even with that on Summerville's record, the city was still considered the safest in Georgia.
"I think we have been fortunate not to see some of the crimes that our neighboring counties are seeing," Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said. "We've had some crime, but not near as much."
The sheriff and Capt. Tucker said people living outside the county committed most of the violent crimes within the city.

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