TBI Report: Crime in Tennessee decreased during COVID-19 pandemic shutdown

Posted at 9:25 PM, Jul 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 13:48:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Many side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were negative but a positive thing that came from the time we spent indoors was a decrease in crime.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2020 Crime in Tennessee report.

Read the full report here.

It shows that the least amount of crimes happened in April, which was shortly after the stay-at-home order was issued.

We saw the most crime in August, with nearly 46,000 crimes committed. Sixty-six percent of people arrested in 2020 were white, 33 percent were Black. The state's racial makeup is 78 percent white and 17 percent Black.

When it comes to DUI arrests, Tennessee has seen a downward trend over the past three years. More than 18,000 people were arrested last year for DUI, a decrease of 7 percent from 2019.

Metro Nashville Crime

The TBI's full report allows for a deeper look into Metro Nashville crime. Offenses reported to the Metro Nashville Police Department fell by just under 4% between 2020 and 2019, with the biggest drop in crimes against society, such as animal cruelty, prostitution and drug violations.

Over the last ten years, Metro Nashville saw a 12% decline in offenses reported, with 73,229 in 2020 and 83,485 in 2011 - as the population saw a 14% increase during the same time frame, according to TBI data.

The interactive chart below breaks down the number of offenses reported to MNPD over the last five years.