The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department announced that serious crime was down nearly 27 percent in 2019.
Serious crimes are categorized as Part 1 crimes. Those crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny from vehicle, larceny-non vehicle, and auto thefts. Those crimes decreased from 523 to 384 in 2019.
Zone 4, which comprises western and parts of central Fayette, saw a 63 percent drop in Part 1 crimes. The department said mapping crime locations shows higher concentrations of Part 1 crimes in the Ga. Highway 85 and Ga. Highway 279 corridor, with the predominate crime being larceny from vehicles.
Time of day analysis shows the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. hours have the highest incidences of crime, with another spike around the midnight hour.
Top four crash hot spots are:
• Hwy. 279 and Hwy 85 (83)
• Hwy 54 East and Banks Road (50)
• Hwy 92 North and Westbridge Road/Veterans Parkway (41)
• Hwy. 279 and Hwy. 314 (35)