AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - In recent days, gun violence and crime have been in the headlines. From three people shot at a nightclub early Tuesday morning, to a pharmacy robbery that afternoon and two separate shootings late Wednesday evening

So how are crime rates this year compared to last? According to data obtained from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office shootings, aggravated assault and other violent crimes were all down in the first three months of 2023 versus 2022. 

Augusta crime statistics 2022 vs 2023 (Photo: MGN, Data:RCSO)

FOX54 reached out to Sheriff Richard Roundtree to discuss the decrease in crime. His office says they passed along the request to him, but they have not yet agreed to go on camera to discuss it. 

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