Nashville’s crime rate – the number of crimes per person – fell in 2009 to the lowest level in 31 years as major crimes dropped for the sixth year in a row to the lowest number in 20 years, reports The Tennessean.
The total number of major crimes for 2009 was almost 11 percent less than in 2008. Five of the seven major crime categories declined and while burglaries increased just over 7 percent, there were fewer recorded in 2009 than in 1970. Criminal homicide also went up, with six more slayings than in 2008. Police Chief Ronal Serpas credited citizens for “partnering with us to fight crime,” saying neighborhood watch groups have grown by more than 200 over the past six years and now total 475.