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What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Burglar surprises woman in NE Atlanta

Burglar surprises woman in NE Atlanta

ATLANTA – Police are searching for a burglar who surprised a woman in northeast Atlanta early Monday.

Officer say the woman came home to her apartment on Bell at Cheshire Bridge and was inside for about an hour, when a man dressed all in black suddenly ran out of one of the bedrooms and pushed her down.

The woman was apparently unharmed.

The burglar got away empty-handed.

Shoplifting suspect steals $10,000 worth of underwear

Shoplifting suspect steals $10,000 worth of underwear

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are looking for a woman accused of stealing nearly 800 pairs of panties from the Victoria's Secret at Lenox Square.

Investigators said that on Feb. 7, the suspect spent more than two hours inside the store. During that time, she stuffed about 785 pairs of underwear into three separate shopping bags.

The store manager estimated the total cost of the stolen panties at about $10,500.

Surveillance cameras inside Victoria's Secret captured images of the suspect. Police described her as a black woman wearing a red hat, a white and black T-shirt, blue jeans, and red and white tennis shoes. She was carrying a purse and the three shopping bags.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Attempted smash and grabs at 3 Buckhead businesses

Attempted smash and grabs at 3 Buckhead businesses

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigating overnight break-ins at three Buckhead-area businesses.

The glass doors to Cupcake Mafia, Gorgeous Growth Hair and Salon, and Lisa Nicole were all smashed, according to police. All three businesses are located in the 2115 Piedmont apartment building.

According to an Atlanta Police officer on the scene, the suspects tried to steal the flat screen televisions inside each business. While they were unable to take the televisions, they caused some damage to the TVs and their wall mounts.

A witness saw two black men with their faces covered run from Cupcake Mafia and drive away in a gray Volkswagen Jetta with a Florida tag, according to police.

The owners of Cupcake Mafia and Gorgeous Growth told police nothing was taken from their businesses.

The attempted burglaries are under investigation.

Church thief takes selfies with stolen iPad

Church thief takes selfies with stolen iPad

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have a very important clue that may help them track down a thief -- clear selfies of the suspect.

The man is accused of stealing electronic equipment and an iPad from the media room at Church of the Apostles in the 3500 block of Northside Parkway in Buckhead.

The theft happened Jan. 12. The church eventually replaced the iPad and found five photos of the suspect on its iCloud account. Police said the photos were taken shortly after the equipment was stolen.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said investigators believe the selfies were taken at the BP station at 151 Cleveland Avenue in southeast Atlanta. Police are also looking for a possible getaway car used in the crime -- a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo with Illinois tag C42 6584.

Jones said there was a second robbery attempt at Church of the Apostles on Jan. 25. Nothing was stolen in that incident.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules: