Safety / Violent Crime


Violent Crime


Crime is often an indication of the safety of a community and can influence a person’s perception of that community. Higher levels of violent crime are associated with higher levels of poverty and racial segregation.1, 2 An increase in the crime rate is detrimental to the health of a community and its residents.3

As defined by the Department of Justice, violent crime includes the offenses of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The rate of violent crime is measured by the number of occurrences per 100,000 individuals in a given population per year.

The data dashboard below shows current and recent trend data for rates of violent crime in Forsyth County:

Dashboard: Violent Crime Rates

Instances of Types of Violent Crime

  • The most common type of violent crime committed is aggravated assault.
Notes on Data

This report has been produced to support grant writing efforts. As such, the validity and reliability of the data in this report has not been rigorously statistically tested. Forsyth Futures does not support the use of this data for specific programmatic planning. If you are interested in using data from this report for more rigorous purposes, please contact for a consultation on how best to proceed.

Literature References
  1. Block, R. (1979). Community, Environment, and Violent Crime. Criminology.17(1):46-57.
  2. Speer, P.W., Gorman, D.M., Labouvie, E.W., Ontkush, M.J. (1998). Violent Crime and Alcohol Availability: Relationships in an Urban Community. Journal of Public Health Policy. 19(3):303-318.
  3. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2015). Social Determinants of Health. Retrieved from http:/
Data Sources

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