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Polk County, Tennessee Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Polk County, Tennessee. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Polk County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Polk County, Tennessee, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 2001 and 2008 there were 1,357 total crimes reported in Polk County, Tennessee (171 of them violent). Of the 170 crimes that occur a year in Polk County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Polk County, Tennessee 170 times a year. This includes 1 murder, 5 rapes, and nearly nine hundred thefts (including 123 motor vehicle thefts).

Total Crime in Polk County, Tennessee (2001-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999 or 2000, as there were no data available for those years.

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Polk County, Tennessee for 8 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Polk County increased by 93 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 88 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a sudden increase in crime over the last 8 years in Polk County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly four hundred for Polk County, Tennessee in 2009.

Crime Trends in Polk County, Tennessee (2001-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Polk County, Tennessee (2001-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Polk County, Tennessee law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Polk County 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.