Murder rate drops in latest TBI state crime report

Murder rate drops in latest TBI state crime report

May 23, 2007

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual "Crime in Tennessee" report Wednesday and it shows a drop in the percentage of murders, rapes and kidnappings.

Statewide, more than 624,000 offenses were reported in 2006. 

Of those, 27 percent were crimes against persons, which include the most serious offenses: murders, rapes and kidnappings. This percentage is down more than 8 percent from 2005.

Among the remaining offenses, 61 percent were property crimes, including arson, burglary, fraud and theft.

And 11.6 percent were categorized as crimes against society, including drug offenses, pornography and weapons violations.

Within Knox County, there were a total of 8,763 arrests. Nearly 900 of these were juveniles.  

Included among Knox County's reported crimes: 9 murders, 5 kidnappings, 60 sexual assaults (including rape, statutory rape, sodomy and fondling), 39 arsons, 1,425 burglaries, nearly 700 drug violations and 369 DUIs. 

However, TBI only counts the most serious offense in the report. So if someone committed a murder, rape and arson at the same time, it would be counted as only one crime and would only be categorized under murder.

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