Nashville crime rate drops to 20-year low

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10:42pm
Staff reports

The overall major crime rate for Metro Nashville fell for the sixth consecutive year during 2009 — to the lowest level in 20 years, according to statistics released Wednesday.

The 2009 major crime total was 10.9 percent below that of 2008. Five of the seven major crime reporting categories reflected reductions last year. Violent and property crime both decreased in 2009 by 15.5 percent and 9.8 percent respectively.

In 2009, rape declined 8.5 percent to its lowest level since 1979; aggravated assault declined 16.1 percent to its lowest level since 1990; robbery declined 15.7 percent to its lowest level since 1999; larceny declined 12.5 percent to its lowest level since 1990; and motor vehicle theft declined 26.4 percent to its lowest level in since Metro government was formed in 1963.

While most of the report including glowing reductions in reported crime, two categories did see increases — criminal homicide (up by 8.1 percent or six cases) and burglary (up by 7.1 percent.)

The 2009 overall crime rate, which is based on Nashville’s population estimates, was the lowest since 1978. The violent crime rate last year was the lowest since 1986. The property crime rate was the lowest since 1972.

Serpas also attributed part of the city’s success in reducing crime to the department’s partnership with citizens.

“It is no accident that the number of Neighborhood Watch Groups has grown by more than 200 over the past six years and now total 475,” he said.

“The police department's dedicated officers and professional support staff continue to give their all for the safety of Nashville’s families and neighborhoods,” Police Chief Ronal Serpas said. “I am extremely proud of them as we all work to build on 2009’s successes.

Traffic fatalities also drop

Traffic deaths last year totaled 68, a 5.6 percent reduction from 2008. A significant and consistent concern is that victims in half of the fatal crashes where seatbelts were available chose not to wear them. Injury crashes last year dropped by 15.2 percent. Overall crashes (both property damage and injury) were down 12.2 percent.

Metro police officers made 283,631 motor vehicle stops during 2009, a 5 percent decrease from 2008. Motorists received warnings 64 percent of the time.


14 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 2/17/10 at 10:02

OMG what will the naysayers say: the sky is fallin, the sky in fallin. But does "criminal homicide" mean the criminals have guns and are killing each other? And the would be rapers don't have money to buy Cialis? Just askin. But at least our Prius are under control and not creating traffic fatalties. 1978 was a good year ;-)

By: TITAN1 on 2/18/10 at 5:42

Keep up the good work, chief!

By: bfra on 2/18/10 at 7:44

Titan1 - You actually believe these figures? Oh, I guess a spitman backer would!

By: fightcrib on 2/18/10 at 11:11

Much of the reason is that there are fewer University of Tennessee athletes living in Nashville than 20 years ago. Thus, the lower crime rate.

By: localboy on 2/18/10 at 12:36


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/18/10 at 12:54

i think you two should schedule a cage fight at the fairgrounds - lol!

By: GUARDIAN on 2/18/10 at 12:59

. Progressives (AKA; socialist-communist-marxist) won't like this one LOL. When obuma was elected gun sales went sky high. Legally armed citizens cause crime to go down because criminals hate to deal with armed citizens. More carry permits with many being women make a rapist think twice. Sure crime has gone down because where citizens still enjoy the 2nd Amendment criminals still fear the people but where free men have no rights the people fear the criminals. Criminal homicides will always be high where gangs are allowed as well as more drugs. Burglary is a crime always hooked to the economy but even it will go down after a few homes are broken in to where the home owner is there and is armed. Nothing is sadder to a burglar than going to another burglar's funeral who was shot dead while practicing his trade. In GOD we the people trust.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/18/10 at 1:11

By: GUARDIAN on 2/18/10 at 12:59
Legally armed citizens cause crime to go down because criminals hate to deal with armed citizens.

guardian, studies prove otherwise. your opinion is incorrect.

By: TITAN1 on 2/18/10 at 1:51

Sorry barf, I forgot that you hate everything and believe only what you want. You are so bitter, glad I'm not you.

By: heartbeat on 2/18/10 at 4:01

If the chief does his taxes like he presents the crime stats he is in big trouble.

By: fightcrib on 2/18/10 at 5:11

Actually Fightcrib is my last name. It's Irish I believe.

By: TITAN1 on 2/18/10 at 5:26

heartbeat, can you back that up? He has the stats, you are calling him a liar. What do you have to back that up?

By: GUARDIAN on 2/18/10 at 9:00

Blanketnazi2 it's not an opinion or my opinion. It's absolute fact. Now I know the nazi progressive gun haters can't stand the truth but let's take Washington D.C. for example. After the home of the evil empire was forced to allow it's citizens to own guns last year the murder rate went down almost 20%. In 2009 . In 2009 new privately owned firearms rose by more than 4 million. There was 12 million NICS transactions on new and used guns by dealers which was 13% more than 2008 which was 11% more than 2007 and this is fact. and every year violent crime has decreased which is also fact. I teach permit classes and advanced classes for LEO and military so don't try to spin the truth on me it won't work. There's over 100 million gun owners that know the truth so the nazi gun hater's lies and half truths don't work on them but feel free to try . We'll protect your right to free speech.

By: Myth_of_the_Nob... on 2/18/10 at 11:51

Thats good news, as an urban resident I'd like to thank the Nashville Police dept for the good work that they do.