Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Statistics

Tennessee Crime Statistics | Nov 30th -0001

TIBRS Reported Offenses

Group A Offenses

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Bribery
  • Burglary/Breaking and Entering
  • Counterfeiting/Forgery
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
  • Drug/Narcotic
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion/Blackmail
  • Fraud
  • Gambling
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping/Abduction
  • Larceny/Theft
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Pornography/Obscene Material
  • Prostitution
  • Robbery
  • Sex Offenses, Forcible
  • Sex Offenses, Non-forcible
  • Stolen Property
  • Weapon Law Violations

Group B Offenses

  • Bad Checks
  • Curfew/Loitering/Vagrancy Violations
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Drunkenness
  • Family Offenses, Nonviolent
  • Liquor Law Violations
  • Peeping Tom
  • Runaway
  • Trespass of Real Property
  • All Other Offenses

Pitfalls of Ranking

In the past, crime data has been used to compile rankings of individual jurisdictions and institutions of higher learning. These crude and/or incomplete analyses have often created misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents. The FBI has a longstanding policy against ranking cities, counties, states and universities/colleges on the basis of crime data alone.

Locales should not be ranked because there are many factors that cause the nature and type of crime to vary from place to place. TIBRS statistics include only jurisdictional figures along with reported crime, clearance or arrest data. Rankings ignore the uniqueness of each locale. All jurisdictions are affected in some degree by:

  • Population density and degree of urbanization of the locality and surrounding area
  • Number of residents vs. the “policing population,” i.e., residents plus daily commuters, transients, tourists, shoppers, etc.
  • Variations in composition of the population and economic conditions
  • Modes of transportation and highway systems
  • Cultural conditions
  • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
  • Climate
  • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
  • Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement

The TBI will not analyze, interpret, or publish crime statistics based solely on a single dimension interagency ranking. The TBI will not furnish agency-based crime statistics to data users in a ranked format. When providing/using agency-oriented statistics, the TBI cautions and, in fact, strongly discourages data users against using rankings to evaluate locales or the effectiveness of their law enforcement departments.

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