Serious crimes statewide reported in 2008 were lower than 2006 numbers, according to the “Crime in Tennessee” report, released Monday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The 2008 report shows a 2.9 percent decrease in the number of per-capita crimes reported from 2007, which in most categories showed an increase over the previous year’s totals.
With a state population of approximately 6.1 million, there were 619,465 Group A offenses reported for the year. The largest category of crimes committed were Crimes Against Property (car theft, burglary, etc.) at 61 percent. Other Group A offenses are Crimes Against Person (homicide, aggravated assault, rape) and Crimes Against Society (drugs, prostitution).
Crime Statistics Unit, housed within the Information Systems Division, uses the numbers submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) to compile the statistics in the report.
According to the report, shoplifting continues to increase (30 percent over the last three years), as does credit card fraud, which increased 34.5 percent since 2006. However, the number of homicides remained fairly constant.
Juveniles comprised 10 percent of the total number of arrests.
To view “Crime in Tennessee 2008,” visit the TBI Web site . By clicking on the ‘Crime Statistics’ tab, you can download the entire report.