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Tennessee Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Tennessee. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Tennessee compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Tennessee, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 2,902,808 total crimes reported in Tennessee (425,960 of them violent). Of the 290,281 crimes that take place per year in Tennessee, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Tennessee 34 times per hour. This includes 4,038 murders, 21,941 rapes, and just about two million thefts (including 247,310 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Tennessee for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Tennessee has risen by 13%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 15%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general rise in crime over the last 10 years in Tennessee. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit at least three hundred and seven thousand for Tennessee in 2009.

Crime Trends in Tennessee (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Tennessee (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Tennessee law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Tennessee conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.