Major crime rates down in Memphis, Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Major violent crime in Memphis is down, according to Operation: Safe Community.

The organization released county-wide results for the month of October. They show that from January to October of this year, major violent crime fell 2 percent in Shelby County compared to the same period last year.

In Memphis city limits, it fell 1.4 percent.

Compared to 2006, the improvement is even greater — down 18.4 percent in Shelby County and down 14.3 percent in Memphis.

The rates of major property crime and domestic violence crime also declined.

“While we are gratified that violent crime rates are down, citizens of Memphis can expect a continued strong police response,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement. “We ask that residents continue to and increase cooperation with the department to help close cases as a critical tool in reducing future crime.”

Operation: Safe Community pulls its numbers from a system maintained by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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