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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

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:

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- On Thursday, a Fulton County jury took just a few hours to convict 24 year-old Roderick Watkins of murder in the shooting death of 21 year-old Ashley Clark and their unborn child.

Watkins, of East Point, had been arrested for abusing Clark years earlier, and her family had urged her to leave him. But secretly she continued to see him, and, in the end, he killed her for her loyalty.

Among the key evidence presented at Watkins' trial was Clark's diary. And it spoke for her eloquently, like a voice from the grave, helping to convict her boyfriend two years after he killed her.

The cover of Ashley's diary came adorned with love and peace signs. She signed it with X's and Os for hugs and kisses; and she used hearts for the dots over the I's.

But inside, the words were dark and scary.

Suspects steal car with girl inside; child later found safe

Suspects steal car with girl inside; child later found safe

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are working to identify two men accused of stealing a car with a little girl inside.

It happened July 16 outside Cash America Pawn on Delowe Drive near Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta.

The victim told police he removed items from the trunk of his Dodge Charger and only walked a few feet away when two men jumped into the car and sped off. He said his 3-year-old daughter was asleep in the back seat.

According to a police report, the car was recovered minutes later in East Point. The little girl was still asleep inside; she was examined and deemed in good health. Her father will not face charges.

The victim reported several items missing from his recovered car, including his wallet and driver's license, a Bank of America debit card, a $10 bill and a pack of cigarettes.

Suspect identified in East Point restaurant murder

Suspect identified in East Point restaurant murder

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting at an East Point restaurant earlier this week.

Investigators believe 27-year-old Yusuf Abdul Alkarim killed the manager of Ikhlas, a seafood restaurant behind the Shell station at Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue, at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators identified the victim as 36-year-old Riyadh Nuriddin, a married father of three. East Point Police Lt. Cliff Chandler said Nuriddin's body was discovered not long after he was killed. Investigators believe robbery was the motive.

Anyone who sees Alkarim is asked to call 911 or East Point police at 404-559-6226.

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2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A second victim in a hit-and-run accident in Cobb County earlier this week has died.

Two men have been charged in the incident, which authorities said began with a chase and ended with a vehicle plowing into three teenagers as they walked down a Cobb County sidewalk.

The accident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard near Shiloh Valley Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators believe the driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing 23-year-old Garrett Anderson. Bowman said Kanlica, a locksmith, was pursuing Anderson because he allegedly hadn't paid for his services. At some point during the chase, Kanlica lost control of his car, ran up on the sidewalk and hit the three teenagers walking to a movie.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson