Columbus State’s Butler Center Analyzes Local Crime Trends

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A professor in Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business has used a new way of analyzing Columbus’ crime statistics to show how the city’s crime rate has changed over a four-year period and how it compares to other cities.

Benjamin Blair, director of CSU’s Butler Center for Business and Economic Research, has just finished a study titled “Is Columbus the Most Dangerous City? Untangling the Tangled Web of Crime Statistics.” He plotted seven major crime statistics from 2008-2012 on what is called a spider-web chart for Columbus and regional cities, including Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Phenix City and Savannah. It was done this way to allow visualization of all the statistics at once.

Quick facts from the study:

  • All Columbus crime rates in 2012 are below their 2008 levels, with significant reductions in the rates of rape, murder and motor vehicle theft
  • There were large reductions in the murder and non-negligent manslaughter rates and forcible rape rates since 2008
  • Columbus saw an increase in the rate of burglaries from 2008 to 2009, a trend that has since been reversed

Quote: “What pops out immediately is that Columbus is not the most dangerous city.  Columbus is worse than some cities for some types of crime but is not worse than all cities for all types of crime. Columbus is not even the worst on any of the seven crime statistics.”

 – Benjamin Blair
CSU’s Sarah T. Butler Distinguished University Chair in Business and Finance

See the report in its entirety at Untangling the Tangled Web of Crime Statistics.