VOL. 133 | NO. 144 | Friday, July 20, 2018
Violent Crime Drops by Crime Commission Numbers, Property Crimes Up
By Bill Dries
Major violent crime in Memphis and countywide dropped in the first six months of 2018 compared to the first six months of 2017, by the most recent statistics released by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.
Each of the four categories that make up the major violent crime category were down through the end of June compared to a year ago to make up a major violent crime rate that was down 8.1 percent from a year ago in Memphis and down 6.4 percent countywide.
Two of the three categories that make up the major property crime rate were up for an overall property crime rate increase of 4.3 percent in the city and an increase of 5.5 percent countywide.
The increase was driven for the most part by a spike in motor vehicle thefts, which were up 18.4 percent in the city and 21.1 percent countywide.
The property crime category that decreased from a year ago was burglaries, which dropped 11.2 percent in Memphis and 8.6 percent countywide.
“Statistically, the number of violent crimes is down, but as long as there is one citizen that falls victim to a crime, there is more work to be done,” said Bill Gibbons, executive director of the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and president of the crime commission. “We have a long way to go to get where we need to be, but the drop in the violent crime rate and in the burglary rate is especially encouraging.”