VOL. 129 | NO. 164 | Friday, August 22, 2014
Violent Crime Up in Shelby County So Far This Year
MEMPHIS (AP) – Statistics show violent crimes in Shelby County have increased during the first seven months of this year, compared with the same time period in 2013.
Numbers released this week by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission show that murders, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies in the period from January to July have increased by 5.8 percent in the county, and by 5.7 percent in the city of Memphis, compared with the same period in 2013.
Major property crime is down 5.5 percent countywide, and down 5.4 percent in the city. Reported domestic violence crime is down 7.2 percent countywide and 7.8 percent in Memphis.
Bill Gibbons, chair of Operation: Safe Community and commissioner of the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, says he is concerned about the violent crime increase.
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