Report: Homicides down by 17 percent in Memphis

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 3:13 PM EDT
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Homicide rates in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee have gone down compared to last year, a new report claims.

The University of Memphis Public Safety Institute and the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission used data submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

According to the report, Memphis' homicide rate has decreased 17.6 percent compared to 2017 and has decreased 14.5 percent countywide. Robberies and reported rape cases have declined, too.

Though some citizens may feel that violent crimes and property crimes are not happening less, commission President Bill Gibbins said the decreases are significant.

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