I’m a bit of a statistics nerd, so I decided to create a Savannah crime map to keep track of the shootings and homicides that occur in the city. The Savannah Police Department usually lags a few weeks behind in their reporting, but since I frequently help readers find safe accommodations, I need current statistics.
I finally just created a map of my own!
Savannah Crime Map 2021
I don’t keep track of every crime that occurs in the city. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I only track incidents that result in death or injury. In a few rare exceptions, I may also list drive-by shootings where multiple homes were damaged but no injuries occurred.
I think it’s helpful for visitors to be aware of current crime statistics when visiting any urban area — not just Savannah. Here are the current results for crime in Savannah in 2021…
Click on any icon to pull up additional information and links to news reports about each incident. View directly on Google maps here.
What’s Included on the Map
As I mentioned above, I don’t keep track of every outstanding call for “shots fired”. While writing this post, I heard four separate gunshot incidents during a one-hour time frame. That’s a busy night, even by Savannah standards! Thankfully, that isn’t the norm, but it did spur me to write this post.
For Reference: I live in the Thomas Square neighborhood, which is south of Forsyth Park and north of Victory Drive. My area is also sometimes referred to as the Starland District. I live closer to the east/west center dividing line (Bull Street) than I do to the outskirts of the neighborhood.
I only track incidents where a person was either injured or killed. So, my crime map includes homicides, stabbings, and gunshots WITH injuries. I also included a section on suspicious deaths.
Click on any icon on the map to pull up additional details, links to pertinent news articles, and follow-up reports. You may need to zoom in, since some of the incidents overlap.
Murders in Savannah in 2021
Rest in peace to the following individuals who lost their lives in Savannah this year…
- Corey Vance, 26: Shooting | North Side (Historic District/City Market) | 01.01.21
- Reginald Black, 51: Stabbing | East Side | 01.08.21
- Ky Harmon, 26: Shooting | West Side | 01.17.21
- Jerel Arkeem Richards, 28: Shooting | Southside (Georgetown) | 02.05.21
- Freddie Wallace (aka: Fredo Cash), 24: Shooting | Southside | 02.13.21
- Marcos Miranda, Jr., 22: Shooting | West Side | 02.17.21
- Sheldon Lovett, 51: Shooting | Southside | 03.02.21
- Joseph Wilder, 30: Shooting | Southside | 03.11.21
- Tamia Green, 21: Shooting | West Side | 03.22.21
- Leron Pace, 29: Shooting | Southside | 03.22.21
- Charles Vinson (aka: Slum Tutt), 23: CoD: Not Released | West Side | 05.02.21
- Latoya Latrice Jones, 22: Shooting | West Side | 05.02.21
- Travis Edwards, 20: Shooting | Southside | 05.13.21
- Maurice Griffin, 30: Shooting | North Side (Historic District) | 06.11.21
- Arthur Milton, 20: Shooting | East Side (Hitch Village) | 06.11.21
- Terryl Coleman, 26: Shooting | East Side (Hitch Village) | 06.11.21
- Sherri Perkins, 53: CoD: Not Released | West Side | June 2021
- Regner Arce, 56: CoD: Not Released | East Side | June 2021
- Arthur Boston, 31: Shooting | East Side (Hitch Village) | 07.02.21
- Maurice Mincey, 36: Officer-Involved Shooting | East Side | 07.17.21
- Calvin Clifford Owens, 51: CoD: Not Released | West Side | 08.08.21
- Frankie Lee Fernandez, Jr., 28: CoD: Shooting | South Side | 09.12.21
- Qahmaine Orr, 14: Shooting | West Side | 09.13.21
- Alphonso Dickerson, 17: Shooting | East Side | 09.24.21
- Edward James D. Futch, 45: Shooting | Southside | 10.08.21
- Rajah Young, 27: Shooting | Southside | 10.12.21
- Desmond Warren, 33: Shooting | North Side (Forsyth Park) | 10.20.21
In the majority of the homicides listed above, the individuals had an issue with one another and opted to resolve their problems with a weapon. That means the incidents weren’t random.
For clarification, here’s a very general guide to help you differentiate the basic sides of Savannah:
- West Side: West of Bull Street
- East Side: East of Bull Street
- Southside: South of DeRenne
- North Side: North of Gwinnett
Sometimes you’ll hear Midtown referenced. That’s the Ardsley Park/Baldwin Park area near Victory Drive and Atlantic.
Safest Areas to Stay in Savannah
If you’re traveling to Savannah, I recommend staying within the boundaries of Historic District. Those boundaries are as follows:
- North: River Street/the Savannah River
- East: E Broad Street
- South: Gwinnett Street
- West: Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
The center east/west dividing line is Bull Street. It’s generally better to be closer to Bull Street than towards the eastern and western outskirts of the Historic District.
Overall, the Historic District is very well-patrolled by the Savannah Police Department, and I consider it a generally safe area. Millions of tourists visit this city each year with no incident!
Just remember, crime can occur anywhere. This crime map is simply a tool to show current trends so you can be an informed traveler.
Related Reading: An Epic One-Day Trolley Tour Itinerary for Savannah’s Historic District
If you’re still concerned about crime and safety, I included a chapter in my Savannah First-Timer’s Guide ebook dedicated to areas first-time visitors should avoid.
These posts may also help with your trip-planning:
If you prefer to see the prettier side of Savannah (who wouldn’t?!) and avoid the topic of crime, you might prefer these posts:
- 11 Photos That Will Make You Fall in Love With River Street
- 11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Factors Walk
- Is Jones Street Really the Prettiest Street in Savannah?
Make sure to bookmark this Savannah crime map if you want current statistics! I’ll update it as events make the news and promise to do my best to keep you informed.
Related Reading: My free resources library has a helpful list of 50 Things To Do On-Foot in the Historic District (no car necessary!), plus other helpful printables.
If you have any questions about this Savannah crime map, let me know in the comments below.
*SPD tracks a much higher number of statistics. They track violent and non-violent crimes, which means they also list car break-ins, auto thefts, bicycle thefts, shoplifting, and more. You can find their statistics on the Savannah Police Department website under the “Weekly Reports” section of the Crime tab. You can also check the Lexis Nexis Community Crime Map, but please note that many of those incidents are not posted in the exact location where they occurred; they sometimes shift the location by many blocks for privacy reasons.