TN crime down overall in 2015; murders and rapes up

News release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2015 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing an overall decrease in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place since 1997, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.

Among the findings in the 2015 report:

· The total number of reported Group A incidents decreased by 2.1% year-to-year.

· Reported homicides increased by 9.4%.

· The number of Forcible Rape cases reported by law enforcement agencies increased by 2.4%.

· The number of Drug/Narcotic, Prostitution, and Burglary offenses all decreased in 2015’s study.

· Reported methamphetamine offenses increased from 4,362 in 2014 to 6,276 in 2015.

· Simple Assault accounted for 67.3% of all reported Domestic Violence offenses.

“We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Together, they helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”

DISCLAIMER: The TBI strongly discourages the ranking and comparison of jurisdictions and their crime rates by the data in the 2015 report. Demographic, socio-economic, and other factors out of the control of law enforcement contribute to the nature of the crimes committed. Crime varies from place to place and ranking the agencies solely on numbers would neither be fair to the agencies nor their communities.

The full report is available for review HERE.