TBI: Reports of 'serious crimes" have decreased

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(WVLT) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual "Crime in Tennessee" report. The reports uses data submitted to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

According to the report, "the number of reported instances of the most serious crimes decreased 3.6 percent from 2017."

Reported cases of murder have decreased 8 percent from 2017 to 2018, while the number of reported rapes decreased 4.7 percent from 2017 to 2018.

However, reported methamphetamine-related offenses went up from 13,483 in 2017 to 15,899 in 2018.

“The TIBRS program continues to serve as a model for the national and remains successful because of the continued cooperation by Tennessee’s law enforcement community,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “We hope this year’s report continues to shape the conversation about how best to make Tennessee and even better – and even safer – place to live.”

Read the full report here.