ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A recent survey shows there are wide disparities in the number of burglaries per Georgia county. The survey measures the number of burglaries per one hundred thousand residents. (See the map above.)
The FBI defines burglary as the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft. To classify an offense as a burglary, the use of force to gain entry need not have occurred.
The rate of crime is the total number of crimes reported to police agencies within a county per 100,000 residents in 2014. The population figures are sourced from the 2014 American Community Survey five-year estimates.
The interactive map above shows that Dougherty County is on the high end of the scale, with 1,372 burglaries per 100,000 residents. But this pales in comparison with Sumter County's rate of 2,198 per 100,000.
Colquitt County's rate was on the low end, at 378 per 100,000, but the best was Stewart County, with only 34 per 100,000.