TBI Releases Annual Crime In Tennessee Report

2018 Data Shows Overall Decrease In Reported Crime Across The State

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday released its 2018 Crime in Tennessee report, which details the volume and nature of criminal across the state. 

The report utilizes data submitted to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System. Among the findings in this year’s report: 

Overall, the number of reported instances of the most serious crimes decreased 3.6 percent from 2017. 

Reported cases of murder decreased 8.0 percent from 2017 to 2018. 

The number of reported rapes decreased 4.7 percent in the same time period. 

Juvenile arrestees made up 8.1 percent of those arrested for the most serious offenses. Simple Assault made up the most arrests among juveniles, at 25.7 percent, followed by Drug/Narcotic Violations, at 17.6 percent in 2018. 

Reported instances of offenses flagged as domestic violence decreased 6.0 percent from 2017 to 2018. 

The number of reported methamphetamine-related offenses continued to increase, from 13,483 in 2017 to 15,899 in 2018. 

“The TIBRS program continues to serve as a model for the national and remains successful because of the continued cooperation by Tennessee’s law enforcement community,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “We hope this year’s report continues to shape the conversation about how best to make Tennessee and even better – and even safer – place to live.” 

The TBI strongly discourages using the data collected in the TIBRS program to rank or compare one agency to another, as doing so does not take into consideration the context of demographics and socio-economic factors. It is more appropriate, in TBI’s assessment, to compare an agency’s crime data over time. 

The full 2018 report is available for review on TBI’s website: www.tn.gov/tbi

The 2018 crime data reported by specific agencies is available for review on TBI’s CrimeInsight platform, which is also available online: https://crimeinsight.tbi.tn.gov/tops/.


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