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- An analysis of FBI data shows that for 2014, the most recent year available, the average rate of violent crimes is 5.5 per 10,000 for students on Georgia’s public colleges and universities. Georgia State reported about 3.7 crimes per 10,000.
Georgia Tech reported 8.7, and Emory University reported about 12.2 per 10,000 students.
Among the historic black colleges and universities, which are situated near some of Atlanta’s poorer neighborhoods, Morehouse College reported the highest rate. Its students reported about 28.4 violent crimes for every 10,000 students, Spelman reported 18.7, Clark Atlanta reported 20.
- The FBI warns about making campus comparisons because of the various factors — such as the makeup of the surrounding communities, ratio of male to female students and accessibility of a campus to outside visitors — that may affect the data.
Carlton Mullis took over as acting police chief of Georgia State in March.
“Many times the presence of so many quality-of-life issues, such as homelessness and panhandling, in this area lead to a misperception that downtown is unsafe or dangerous, when the reality is that you are less likely to be the victim of a violent crime here than in any other part of the city,” he said