Crime Drops Through Third Quarter of 2019

Crime Drops Through Third Quarter of 2019

MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released preliminary figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) through the third quarter of 2019 (January-September) which show drops in reported major violent crime, major property crime, domestic violence and overall crime.

Reported major violent crime declined by 3.2 percent in Memphis and 4.4 percent countywide compared to last year, driven by a very significant decline in reported robberies. (18.1 percent in Memphis and 17.9 percent countywide). The major violent crime figure includes murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults.

The major property crime figure includes burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and other felony thefts. Through the third quarter of the year, the major property crime rate dropped 6.2 percent in Memphis and 7.4 percent countywide compared to last year. Declines occurred in all three categories, including significant declines in reported burglaries – down 12.5 percent in Memphis and 14.0 percent countywide – and auto thefts – dropping 9.6 percent in Memphis and 8.6 percent throughout Shelby County.

An encouraging decline in reported domestic violence which began in 2018 continued, with a reduction of 5.8 percent in Memphis and a 5.0 percent drop countywide.

The overall crime rate is determined by using reported crimes in 54 different categories (called Group A crimes by the TBI). The overall crime rate dropped significantly through the third quarter of the year compared to last year – a decline of 6.0 percent in Memphis and 6.8 percent countywide.

“We can be encouraged that things are moving in the right direction. We have a long way to go, though, to get where we need to be. Every citizen deserves to live in a safe neighborhood, regardless of income level or zip code. The good news is that we have in place a Safe Community plan designed to achieve that. We must have a commitment to get it done,” said Bill Gibbons, president of the Crime Commission and executive director of the Public Safety Institute.

  1. Includes murders, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The 2019 TBI figures are preliminary.
  2. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 8.1 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 3.2 percent from 2018 in the city of Memphis.
  3. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 10.2 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 4.4 percent from 2018 in all of Shelby County.
  1. Includes burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, and other felony thefts. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The 2019 TBI figures are preliminary.
  2. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 29.9 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 6.2 percent from 2018 in the city of Memphis.
  3. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 32.0 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 7.4 percent from 2018 in all of Shelby County.
  1. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The 2019 TBI figures are preliminary.
  2. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 15.4 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 5.8 percent from 2018 in the city of Memphis.
  3. The 2019 figure is a decrease of 16.3 percent from 2006 and a decrease of 5.0 percent from 2018 in all of Shelby County.
  1. The overall crime rate is measured by 54 separate types of “Group A crimes” tracked by the T.B.I. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The 2019 TBI figures are preliminary.
  2. The 2019 figure is a 22.9 percent decrease from 2006 and a 6.0 percent decrease from 2018 in the city of Memphis.
  3. The 2018 figure is a 25.1 percent decrease from 2006 and a 6.8 percent decrease from 2018 for all of Shelby County.

Memphis, TN: Crime Rates: 2006, 2011, 2016, 2018 & 2019

*Rates and population figures are based on 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2018 U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates. The latest estimates available, 2018 Estimates, are used to calculate the 2019 population estimates based on the UCR methodology which are then used for calculating the rates for 2019.
20062011201620182019
665,512655,590653,184650,618650,410

Memphis, TN: Number of Offenses: 2006, 2011, 2016, 2018 & 2019

Memphis, TN: Number of Offenses: 2006, 2011, 2016, 2018 & 2019

*Rates and population figures are based on 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2018 U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates. The latest estimates available, 2018 Estimates, are used to calculate the 2019 population estimates based on the UCR methodology which are then used for calculating the rates for 2019.
20062011201620182019
920,106933,457936,759935,764936,686

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About the Crime Statistics: In measuring overall crime rates and trends, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the Public Safety Institute use data reported by local enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), which was developed and is maintained by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. An incident is defined in TIBRS as “one or more offenses committed by the same offender or group of offenders acting in concert, at the same time and place.” Reported major violent crime and domestic violence offenses, however, uniquely refer to a victim count versus an incident count. All rates are calculated based on per 100,000 population.

About the Crime Commission (www.memphiscrime.org): Memphis Shelby Crime Commission is an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that “quarterbacks” the work of the Safe Community Plan and its partners. It is funded through the generous contributions of many private sector donors. Ben Adams, CEO of Baker Donelson law firm, serves as chair of the board, and Bill Gibbons serves as president of the Commission.

About the Safe Community Plan (www.memphiscrime.org): Launched in 2007, the Safe Community Plan, an action plan spearheaded by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, is a community-based crime reduction initiative. Implementation of the Safe Community Plan is chaired by Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

About the Public Safety Institute (www.memphis.edu/psi): The Public Safety Institute of the University of Memphis is an interdisciplinary part of the University community committed to identifying and advancing best practices in the field of public safety. It is housed in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Bill Gibbons serves as executive director.

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