Rise in Gun Crimes Vexes Police in Nashville


Crimes involving guns continued to increase in Nashville during the first three months of this year, continuing an upward trend that began two years ago and has defied a reduction in overall crime, reports the Tennessean. From January through March, 724 gun-related crimes were recorded, a jump of nearly 17% from the same period last year.

”I’m very concerned,” Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said in a recent telephone interview. While overall crime fell 4% in Nashville last year, aggravated assaults and robberies involving guns increased. So far this year, both categories of gun crimes are up again, by 12% and 30%, respectively. Serpas took over as chief in January 2004 and vowed to make Nashville America’s safest big city. He brought with him a statistics-based crime-fighting strategy, in which department commanders identify problem areas in the city and target police resources. Serpas insisted that with more time, his strategy will reduce gun crimes.

Link: http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/05/03/68625022.shtml?Element_ID=68625022

Comments are closed.