TBI: Murders & drug crime up; rapes down in 2016

The number of serious crime offenses reported statewide increased in 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The number of serious crime offenses reported statewide increased in 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The agency's annual 'Crime in Tennessee' report is compiled from data received by police and sheriff's departments across Tennessee.

The 2016 report noted that "Group A" crimes, generally the most serious offenses, increased by 1.1 percent compared to 2015. Those Group A offenses include murder, rape and robbery. 

While murder cases were up 11.6 percent, forcible rape decreased 2.8 percent. 

Compared to 2015, Tennessee saw a nearly 10 percent increase in drug and narcotic violations in 2016.

TBI's report noted a clear three-year trend regarding meth offenses. Meth offenses jumped from 4,407 in 2014 to 6,618 in 2015 to 10,489 in 2016. 

The TBI breaks down all of the statistics in great detail, including the age groups involved in each type of crime and the time of day the offenses usually occur.  You can see the full report at the following link to the TBI website.

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