Crime rates continue to fall in Memphis and Shelby County – New Memphis Institute

“The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released the countywide and city of Memphis crime statistics for June 2015 today.

The reported major violent crime rate for June 2015 was down 4.5 percent countywide and 3.9 percent in the city of Memphis, compared to the same six month period in 2014. The reported major violent crime rate was down 20.8 percent countywide and 16.2 percent in Memphis, compared to the same six month period in 2006, which is the baseline year for Operation: Safe Community.

The major property crime rate also continued to decline, as well. Countywide, the rate of major property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts, and other theft offenses) dropped 5.7 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 and 36.8 percent compared to 2006. In Memphis, the decline in 2015 compared to 2014 was 5.6 percent and 34.3 percent compared to 2006.

The reported domestic violence crime rate for June 2015 compared to the same six month period in 2014 was down 8.3 percent countywide and in the city of Memphis. While data going back to 2006 is not available for reported domestic violence offenses, Operation: Safe Community in 2011 began tracking this crime category and uses it as a baseline year.  Compared to the 2011 baseline year, the reported domestic violence crime rate was down 18.8 percent countywide and 19.7 percent in Memphis. Domestic violence offenses include homicides, all assaults, kidnapping/abduction, and all forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, based upon victim to offender relationships.

“We are pleased that crime rates in both Memphis and Shelby County continue to decrease against both the benchmark year of 2006 as well as last year,” stated Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, newly appointed chair of Operation: Safe Community. “However, we must continue to be vigilant in both preventing criminal activity and working to hold those who commit these crimes accountable to the community,” she added.

Ben Adams, Memphis Shelby Crime Commission Chair, noted that the continuing reduction in domestic violence rates in both the city and county was welcome. “Year over year reductions demonstrate an encouraging trend in reported domestic violence offenses, with 2015 numbers the largest reduction to date,” he stated.”

Crime rates continue to fall in Memphis and Shelby County – New Memphis Institute.

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