Property Crime Plummets in Tucker During 2020


TUCKER, Ga. (January 5, 2021) – The City of Tucker saw a sharp decline in property crime during calendar year 2020, the City announced Tuesday. While property crime overall was down 19 percent from 2019 rates, residential burglaries declined a whopping 53 percent year over year.

“While we credit the proactivity of our officers and our community for positive crime trends, with a few of these numbers we see the impacts of COVID,” said Tucker’s Police Liaison, Lt. D.G. Schoeppner. “Residential burglaries are crimes that happen when no one is home. In 2020, most people were home quite a bit. The same is true of pedestrian robberies. We saw a 76 percent decline, which partially has to do with the fact that there were a lot fewer people out and about.”

Additionally, business burglaries were down 22 percent and entering autos fell 18 percent. Auto theft actually rose by 7 percent year over year.

In terms of violent crimes, homicides in the City fell by one case, or 17 percent.

“We are grateful to the brave men and women who protect our neighborhoods and our businesses,” said Tucker City Manager Tami Hanlin. “Our relationship with the DeKalb County Police Department is as strong as ever and our community should be proud of the efforts of our Tucker Precinct officers.”

Tucker, which became an incorporated city in 2016, has continued police services through an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County. The City of Tucker is home to two of DeKalb’s four police precincts.

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