2019 is now in full swing, and Downtown Augusta is growing more than ever. So, what does this growth mean for crime in the downtown area?
Many in the Garden City still believe the notion that downtown is more dangerous than other parts of town. But NewsChannel 6 breaks down crime statistics, and the report states otherwise.
The crime that happened most often: Car break-ins. There were 68 cases in 2018 compared to 70 in 2017. Then, after that, stealing cars. Twenty-three cases were reported last year, compared to 17 in 2017. Sergeant William McCarty with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said most of the time, auto theft and larceny from cars happens when cars are left unlocked or items are left in plain sight.
One rape case was reported, compared to 3 in 2017, and there was one aggravated assault case. There were no homicides.
These statistics encompass Downtown Augusta from Gordon Highway to 13th Street and Greene to the Riverwalk.
“I don’t think its necessarily any more unsafe then any other place at night,” Sgt. McCarty told us. “You always want to be aware of your surroundings and be careful. We have a significant population of people downtown during those events with very isolated incidents of anything violent going on.”
Sergeant McCarty said at any given time, there are generally 20 officers patrolling the area, and 4 more will soon be moved to that specific district. The City approved funding for additional officers Downtown this past budget session.