TBI releases crime report 2012, shows decrease overall

POSTED: 6:55 PM Apr 22 2013   UPDATED: 7:01 PM Apr 22 2013

Crime is decreasing in the Volunteer State, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's "Crime In Tennessee 2012" report.

The report shows, overall, crimes fell by 2.8 percent in Tennessee last year, compared with 2011. 2012 was the third year in a row that reported crimes decreased from year-to-year.

The report also showed crimes against people fell nearly one percentage point, with domestic violence making up more than 51% percent of those crimes.  The total number of murders rose by 1.5 percent, showing an increase for the second year in a row.  The reported number of aggravated assault offenses increased by almost 8%.

Crimes against society increased 6.3 percent.  A total of 29,093 people were arrested for DUI in 2012 which is an increase from 2011. There were 162 juveniles arrested for DUI in 2012.

The report also showed overall crime in Tennessee has fallen a total of 3.5 percent since 2010.

To view "Crime in Tennessee 2012" in its entirety, click here to go to the TBI's Statistical Analysis Center http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.