TBI Releases Crime Stats for 2014

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – The TBI has released its annual report on "Crime in Tennessee."
The figures were compiled from law enforcement agencies reporting from around the state for the year 2014.
The number of reported incidents dropped, but one important category jumped by almost
10%.

The TBI report is designed to provide a comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges faced by law enforcement agencies across the state. Director Mark Gwyn points out that each community has its own set of problems..but all share the burden of personal violence.
But, Sheriff Jim Hammond says, numbers can be deceiving.

SHERIFF JIM HAMMOND, HAMILTON COUNTY "For instance here in Hamilton county we had three murders back at the first of the year…that just blew our stats for Hamilton county."

The state figures show that:

— Murders in Tennessee increased by 9.9% in 2014.

— Domestic Violence makes up 51% of the "Crimes Against Persons" category.

Chattanooga police chief Fred Fletcher says domestic violence is way too high.

CHIEF FRED FLETCHER, CHATTANOOGA POLICE DEPARTMENT "And the city of Chattanooga, as embodied by the mayor’s new Council for Women…is committed to making sure that we do everything we can to keep all of our community members, particularly women safe from violence."

Domestic violence is very much on the minds of local officers lately. A woman was shot and wounded in Ooltewah just last weekend. The man involved then killed himself.

SHERIFF JIM HAMMOND "I’m alarmed that we’re seeing so many people caught up more and more in the domestic abuse. The economy has an effect in that…the pressures of the world today and people in general."

In other categories the TBI report accurately reflects what local agencies are seeing.

CHIEF FRED FLETCHER "We have seen significant reductions in a number of crime areas. For example, robberies and burglaries are at 5 year lows."

And one other stat–weapons law violations dropped by 2 and a half percent last year.

TBI reports that 26-thousand-810 individuals were arrested for DUI last year.
That’s a 4-percent increase from the previous year.

Categories: Crime, Hamilton County, Local News

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