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The Results


2014 Comparative Cities Presentation

February 2015 data 

Major Violent Crime and Major Property Crime Rates Continue to Decrease in Memphis and Shelby County

The reported major violent crime rate for February 2015 was down 4.9 percent countywide and 4.8 percent in the city of Memphis, compared to the same period in 2014. The reported major violent crime rate was down 27.4 percent countywide and 23.1 percent in Memphis, compared to the same period in 2006, which is the baseline year for Operation: Safe Community. Major violent crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery.   The major property crime rate dropped even more dramatically. Countywide, the rate of major property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts, and other theft offenses) dropped 12.1 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 and 41.5 percent compared to 2006. In Memphis, the decline in 2015 compared to 2014 was 10 percent and 38.9 percent compared to 2006.   The reported domestic violence crime rate for February 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 was down 11 percent countywide and 10.6 percent in 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 20.2 percent countywide and 20.3 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.      

Ben Adams CEO of Baker Donelson and Chairman of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission stated, “I am encouraged by the second month of reported crime rate decreases in major crimes and property crimes for 2015.  Public Safety is a big factor in attracting individuals and businesses to Memphis and Shelby County and continued downward trends will assist us in our efforts.”   “Of course, I am pleased with the progress we are making, but there is still more to accomplish” said TN Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons, who chairs Operation: Safe Community. “To realize further reductions in the areas of domestic violence, major violent crimes and major property crimes requires more effective use of resources, continued vigilant employment of data-driven policing strategies, and accountable partnerships with community agencies.”

About the Crime Statistics

The Operation: Safe Community monthly crime trends report uses data reported by local enforcement agencies to TIBRS. TIBRS is the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, 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.” The domestic violence reported offenses however, uniquely refer to a victim count versus an incident count. All state and local law enforcement agencies must report crime data to TIBRS on a monthly basis. The crime categories used in the report are designed to parallel the categories used by the FBI in its annual UCR report. Richard Janikowski, Principal of Strategic City Solutions, produces the report for the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.