Violent crime in Nashville rose 2 percent last year, marked by sharp increases in homicides and robberies, reports The Tennessean. Overall crime was driven down by declines in the number of burglaries, rapes, and aggravated assaults. The number of auto thefts plunged more than 21 percent. The growing problem of juvenile crime and how to combat it became the focus of a meeting last night between residents, officials and Police Chief Ronal Serpas.
Serpas credited police officers for the overall drop in crime but said he still needs the community at large to step up for the next generation. “It’s not often a cop agrees with a political statement, but I think Hillary Rodham Clinton said it best that it ‘takes a village,’ ” Serpas said. “We need to get to a point where 15- and 16-year-old kids don’t think their only solution is to be involved in crime.”