The TBI released its annual crime report Friday. It shows violent crime increased in Tennessee from 2016 to 2017.
Among the findings is the murder rate increased by 6.7 percent. Thirty-two more people were killed in 2017 than in 2016.
According to the crime stats, most murders happened at a residence with a gun. Most murder victims were between the age of 18 and 24 and were killed by someone they knew.
Forty percent of all murder cases in 2017 remain unsolved.
Thirty-three juveniles aged 17 or under were arrested and charged with homicide last year. However, the number of juveniles connected to crimes were down.
Rape offenses were up more than three percent and drug violations increased 4.9 percent.
The number of DUI arrests was down in 2017.
In a press release, outgoing TBI director Mark Gwyn said, “We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners. They helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”
To see crime in your area from 2017, click here.
The full ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report is available for review on the TBI’s website.