MEMPHIS – The Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission have released preliminary crime figures from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for the first quarter of 2020 (January-March) compared to certain previous years.
The first quarter figures show mixed results, with some results possibly affected by a change in community activity during March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The major violent rate is based on the aggregate number of reported murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults. Compared to the first quarter of last year, the violent crime rate dropped 4.3% in the City of Memphis and 5.2%throughout Shelby County. The decline was driven by reductions in reported aggravated assaults and rapes. While making up a very small part of the aggregate major violent crime number, the most serious violent crime of murder jumped 18.9%in Memphis compared to the first quarter of last year and increased 21.6% countywide.
Reported robberies increased slightly in Memphis (+ 2.1%) and declined slightly countywide (-1.1%)during the first quarter. However…. [use the link below to continue reading this media release]