Report: Homicides in Memphis down by 17% since last year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A report says the homicide rates in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, have decreased now compared to a year ago.

The University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission released the new report comprised of preliminary data local law enforcement agencies report to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The report says Memphis’ homicide rate decreased by 17.6 percent compared to this time in 2017 and it decreased by 14.5 percent countywide. It also says there were declines in robberies and reported rape cases.

Reported aggravated assaults increased 1.9 percent in Memphis and 2.8 percent in the whole county.

Commission President Bill Gibbons says the decreases are significant although some citizens may not feel violent and property crimes are happening less.