The number of crime reports in Nashville saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.
Incidents fell by about 12%, from 5,160 in July to 4,517 in August. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 14% below the same month a year ago. Crime tends to follow similar patterns over time, with seasonal ups and downs, making a year-over-year comparison most relevant.
The offenses most on the decline last month were auto burglary and assault. Auto burglary fell from 488 reported incidents in July to 372 in August, and has fallen by 64 incidents since August of last year. Assault incidents went from 845 to 739 for the month, or about a 12% decrease. Assault reports are also slightly down from a year ago.
While somewhat smaller categories, there was also a notable percentage decrease last month in weapons offenses, from 190 incidents per month to 126, and in theft, from 269 to 211. Both weapons offenses and theft have decreased since the same month last year.
There were 10 rape or sexual assault reports last month. Rape or sexual assault has gone down by about 56% since August of last year.
Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, fraud or financial crimes went from 141 to 172. Domestic offenses rose from 15 to 33, and burglary incidents went up from 369 to 380. Fraud or financial crimes have seen an overall upward trend since the same time last year.
Considering the concentration of crime across the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Elizabeth Park, Fisk-Meharry and Sherwood Forest. Villages of Larchwood, Osage-North Fisk and McMurray-Huntingdon also saw considerable percentage decreases in crime offenses for the month, although they continue to have lower overall crime levels. Over the past year, crime has gone up the most in Brittany Park, and declined the most in Buena Vista.
Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays, while incidents on Fridays, Saturdays and Thursdays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, early afternoon and evening saw the most crime last month on average each day.
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