Liberty and Justice NewsTracker

Reports of Crime Down Statewide, Up In Nashville

While reports of crimes dipped statewide in 2010, crime in Nashville rose, especially sex crimes and burglaries, the Tennessean reports today. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the crime numbers comparing 2010 to 2009 based on surveys from local law enforcement across the state.

From the Tennessean:

While the state and nearby Middle Tennessee counties saw general declines, Nashville saw a slight overall increase, including a 37 percent jump in all reported sex crimes and a 21 percent jump in burglaries, a crime that has stymied police. …

Nashville’s neighborhoods in late 2010 were under siege from brazen burglars who would break in during broad daylight, clean out homes and be gone before alarms or neighbors could alert police.

“The TBI said that 2010 was the third year in a row that reported crimes fell compared with the year before,” the AP reports.