TUCKER, Ga. (January 6, 2020) – The City of Tucker, through partnership with the DeKalb County Police Department, experienced a sharp 25 percent drop in the number of property crimes reported in 2019. Among the biggest improvements, the number of residential burglaries was cut almost in half.
“Last year the hard work of our officers and detectives produced very positive results in the area of property crime,” said Tucker’s Police Liaison, Lt. D.G. Schoeppner. “We hope to use that as a platform to reduce crime in all categories in this new year.”
Aside from residential burglaries (43 percent), the biggest decreases came in reported business burglaries (23 percent), auto thefts (22 percent) and entering autos (14 percent).
“Tucker’s partnership with the DeKalb County Police Department is strong and our citizens recognize that,” said City Manager Tami Hanlin. “Our officers are out in the community on a daily basis, forging relationships with residents and business owners. They are working diligently on new strategies in areas of high crime. Moreover, they have been great partners with our city staff and elected officials to help address the priorities of the City.”
One area of crime that did increase in 2019 was homicide. Tucker went from five homicides in 2018 to seven homicides in 2019. According to police, the victims in each case were targeted, rather than these being random crimes. Thanks to great work by DeKalb Police detectives, most of those cases were closed quickly.
Tucker has an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the DeKalb County Police Department for law enforcement within the City boundaries. The entirety of the City is serviced by Tucker Precinct. Under the agreement, the City also has a dedicated liaison to the Police Department who is available as a resource to the public, as well as hosts routine crime briefings for the Mayor, City Council and senior leadership.