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TBI report: Crime down in TN, murder rate up slightly

10:40 AM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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For the third year in a row, crime is down in Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's annual "Crime in Tennessee 2012" report, there was 2.8% decrease in overall crimes reported in the state in 2012 compared with 2011.

TBI says there were 566,601 Group A offenses (these are more serious crimes, often with victims or larger monetary loss) that were reported, compared with 583,022 in 2011.

Most of the crimes reported this year and every year, 57%, are against property, offenses like burglary, vandalism, and theft.  That's a 5.8% decrease from 2011.

Crimes against people decreased slightly, nearly 1%, but the murder rate has increased by 1.5%, the second year in a row for that.  To put that in perspective, there were 390 murders in a state of more than 6.4 million people.

Another increase was in crimes against society, including drug offenses, gambling, pornography, and weapons law violations.  Those were up 6.3% in 2012.

TBI's "Crime in Tennessee 2012" Fact List:

  • The reported number of murders increased by approximately 1.5%. This is the second year in a row Tennessee has seen an increase in its number of homicides.

  • A total of 29,093 people were arrested for DUI in 2012 which is an increase from 2011. There were 162 juveniles arrested for DUI in 2012.

  • Domestic violence offenses made up more than 51% of all crimes against persons.

  • Reported number of aggravated assault offenses increased by almost 8%.

  • Of the 168,929 arrests made for Group A offenses across the state about 70% of the arrestees were male compared with 30% female.

  • Juveniles comprised 8.2% of total arrests -- a decrease of more than 15% in Group A offenses since 2010.
  • 18-24 year olds accounted for nearly 35% of drug/narcotic violations.

You can see the full report, and the breakdown of crimes in your area, but going here.    

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