Major violent crime in Memphis as well as Shelby County as a whole was up compared to a year ago for the January to November period, as measured by Operation Safe Community.
The monthly report from the coalition of law enforcement, government and civic leaders shows major violent crime in Memphis for the first 11 months of 2014 increased 4.2 percent from the same period of 2013.
Over the same period, major violent crime was up 4.8 percent for the entire county compared to a year ago.
The Operation Safe Community stats kept by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission track violent and property crimes since 2006, the year the coalition was formed and Memphis Police changed their crime-fighting strategy to shifting police resources to areas where crime increased statistically.
By that standard, in which 2006 is considered the baseline year, major violent crime is down 17.9 percent countywide and down 14 percent in Memphis.