TBI: overall reported crime down in 2011, murders and DUIs up

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:16pm
Staff reports

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation the overall number of reported crimes in the state dropped in 2011 for the third straight year.

Overall, the TBI "Crime in Tennessee" report stated there was 1.7 percent decrease in reported crimes in 2011 when compared to 2010. Crimes against property and persons decreased, while crimes against society increased by three percent. Murders were on the rise in 2011, increasing by more than four percent, according to the report.

The TBI counted 2,000 more DUI charges in 2011 than in 2010, the number rising from 24,154 to 26,340.

The TBI also found that of more than 400,000 arrests, 71 percent of the arrestees were males and 29 percent were female.

The percentage of crimes committed by juveniles decreased to 8.9 percent of the total arrests.

The entire “Crime in Tennessee” report can be viewed here.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Lab on 4/20/12 at 2:14

DUI's up from 24,000 to 26,000/365/24=about 3 arrests for DUI for every hour of the day. Former Governor and his Task Force was going to fix the problem back in 2006, then 2007, then 2008 until the Bill was defeated by the Democrats on the House Judicial Committee when they first amended out the partial funding for those deemed "indigent." Then ten minutes later the same Reps failed the whole bill because it did not have funding for indigents. Go figure....oh yes, a week later after the session was over one of the Reps who was allowed to vote and kill the bill, went into Alcohol Rehab (a year earlier he had been arrested for DUI and more after a twenty mile police chase and resisting arrest.) Problem......what problem????

By: spooky24 on 4/21/12 at 7:13

Anyone familiar with crime statistics knows their usefulness is limited. With the exception of National FBI crime trends raw stats can be made to say whatever you want them to say. Crime is just not that black and white.
The common practice of 'cherry picking' the stats you want to highlight and ignoring the ones that are contrary make reports like this a waste of time.