Two of Cherokee County’s cities were recently named to a list among the safest in Georgia.

Holly Springs ranks as the fifth safest city in the state, and Woodstock is listed as the 14th in a report by Security Baron, a surveillance and home security company.

The company uses statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2017 and 2016 crime reporting data to give each city a “safety score” based on factors including violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people, the number of police officers compared to the population and median incomes.

Holly Springs received a safety score of 83.42. The city has an estimated crime rate of one violent crime per 1,000 people and 12 property crimes per 1,000 people. According to Security Baron, Holly Springs has a citizen-police officer ratio of 2.49 per 1,000 citizens.

“I can’t be more proud of the men and women who pin on our badge everyday and enter the streets and neighborhoods to protect our way of life. Consistently ranking so high on these lists is a credit to their commitment,” said Holly Springs Police Chief Mike Carswell in a statement. “Our professional vision is strong and we’re excited about the positive results for our city.”

Woodstock’s safety score was 78.65, and the report says Woodstock’s violent and property crimes are one and 19 per 1,000 respectively. Woodstock’s ratio of citizens to officers is 1.61 per 1,000 citizens.

“We’re pleased to have made the list of one of Georgia’s safest cities. It’s directly attributable to the hard work of the women and men of the department, and especially the involvement of our citizens,” said Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss. “A vigilant city is a safe city, and we’re pleased to be able to work with our citizens every day to promote public safety in Woodstock and beyond.”

In January, Holly Springs made the top spot in the state for safety on a list prepared by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Holly Springs has been named the safest city in Georgia by the council for three consecutive years.

To see Security Baron’s safest cities in Georgia report, visit

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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