|The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s annual “Crime in Tennessee” report showed a decline in arrests made in Murfreesboro despite an increase in the number of arrests made statewide in 2009.
Murfreesboro’s saw 37 percent fewer arrests in 2009 than in 2008, a drop from 5,140 to 3,218. This is despite increases in arrests made for aggravated and simple assault, burglary, shoplifting and drug and narcotic related crimes. Murfreesboro also saw an increase in the number of rape cases reported.
Drug and narcotic related arrests and shoplifting arrests were the two largest areas of increase in Murfreesboro crime from 2008 to 2009 according to the TBI report.
The statistics from the TBI report conflict, however, with those that were released by the Murfreesboro Police Department, which reports 8,026 arrests for 2009 and says that the Murfreesboro Police responded to five percent more calls.
Increases in reports of rape, burglary, robbery and assault were recorded by the Murfreesboro Department. Homicide, assault, larceny and motor vehicle theft reports were shown to have declinded.
“Due to the hard work of the men and women of the Murfreesboro Police Department, combined with our partnerships with governmental and community organizations, we were successful in addressing a variety of crime-related problems in 2009, including gang-related violent crime,” Murfreesboro Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman said in a release from the Department.
“As we enter into 2010, we recognize the challenges that today’s police officers and our department face in delivering police services to a growing community. Officers must be equipped with the newest technology to interpret all available crime information and intelligence, join in partnerships with community groups, and possess an unrelenting desire to effect change in the neighborhoods in which they patrol.”
According to the TBI report, 365,402 arrests were made in Tennessee in 2009. Nearly 1,700 more arrests than were made in 2008. Juvenile arrests, however, saw a decrease of nearly 1,200 from 37,747 in 2008 to 36,578 in 2009.
Arrests made for murder, aggravated and simple assault, burglary, shoplifting, prostitution and drug-related crimes in Tennessee all experienced an increase over the past year.
However, some arrest areas saw a distinct decrease over the last year. The number of arrests in arson, robbery, motor vehicle theft, embezzlement and weapons violations all declined. Tennessee also saw a slight decrease in the number of rapes cases reported as well.