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Crime Report from TBI since the Covid-19 Pandemic Began

To illustrate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the volume and nature of crime in the state, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released select preliminary crime data trends for the first three months of 2020.

The data, gathered through TBI’s Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), compiles incidents submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies. The preliminary statistics, subject to change as agencies investigate these reported incidents further, reveal the following:

  • Comparing January through March of 2019 and 2020, reported instances of burglary decreased by approximately 17%.
  • Burglaries reported as having occurred in a home decreased approximately 20%, while those reported in many public places increased, including convenience stores (up more than 15% year-to-year), liquor stores (up approximately 53%), and department/discount stores (up more than 15%).
  • Crimes reported as having a domestic violence nexus decreased by approximately 4% percent comparing the same time periods.
  • The combined number of reported thefts and crimes designated as violent in nature decreased by more than 5%. However, the number of those crimes involving a firearm increased by more than 3%.
Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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