Nashville crime levels went down last month: Which offenses led the trend?

Nashville crime levels went down last month: Which offenses led the trend?
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By Hoodline - Published on October 16, 2019.

The number of crime reports in Nashville saw an overall decrease last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from CrimeoMeter, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 7.3%, from 4,765 in August to 4,419 in September. This month’s decrease in crime incidents puts the monthly total at about 7.3% 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 burglary and fraud or financial crimes. Burglary fell from 396 reported incidents in August to 291 in September, and has fallen by 74 incidents since September of last year. Fraud or financial crimes went from 184 to 124 for the month, or about a 32% decrease. However, fraud or financial crimes have increased since a year ago, so there is still some ground to recover.

Among other categories, there was also a decrease last month in robbery, from 105 incidents per month to 71, and in vandalism, from 341 to 299. Both robbery and vandalism have decreased since the same month last year.

There were 756 assault reports last month, and 390 auto burglary incidents. Assault has gone down by about 3 percent since September of last year, and auto burglary has decreased by about 7.8 percent.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, weapons offenses went from 133 to 151. Theft incidents rose from 225 to 241, and homicide incidents went up from 27 to 33. Weapons offenses have seen an overall downward trend since the same time last year, while theft reports have gone up.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Sylvan Park, Stadium Area and Heron Walk. Bellshire Estates, Southeast and Southwood 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 Brick Church Bellshire, and declined the most in Buena Vista Heights.

Sundays, Mondays and Fridays had the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while incidents on Sundays and Mondays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late night saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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