If you are considering a move to Rutherford County, Tennessee in the near future you undoubtedly want to learn as much as possible about the area. Specifically, you may be concerned about the level of crime in the area. We understand it can take a considerable amount of time and effort to research and compile detailed information about crime rates. Therefore, as a convenience to our current and future clients, as well as the general public, we have compiled what we believe to be the most relevant crime related facts and figures for Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Rutherford County Facts and Figures
Located in the middle of the state, Rutherford County, Tennessee covers approximately 620 square miles and is home to almost 300,000 residents. The Rutherford County Sherriff’s office compiles and publishes crime statistics for the county. The most recent figures available are from 2013 and 2014. To make the statistics easier to understand, crimes are categorized as violent crimes, property crimes, or other offenses. Violent crimes include homicides, aggravated assault, robbery, and rape. Property crimes include arson, auto theft, burglary, burglary to auto, and larceny. Finally, other offenses include disorderly conduct, drug violations, drunk driving, fraud, public drunkenness, sex offenses, simple assault, vandalism, weapons violation, and domestic assault. Facts and figures for Rutherford County’s criminal offenses include:
- Homicide — in both 2013 and 2014 Rutherford county had just one homicide, showing no change.
- Aggravated assault — declined 36.4 percent year to year, dropping from 195 in 2013 to 124 in 2014.
- Robbery – robberies increased 13.3 percent from 2013 to 2104, going from 15 robberies in 2013 to 17 in 2014.
- Rape – rape saw an increase of 30.8 percent year to year with 26 rapes reported in 2013 versus 34 in 2014.
As you can see, the most notable figures within the violent crime category are a significant decrease in the number of aggravated assaults compared to an equally significant increase in the number of rapes.
- Arson – arsons saw a dramatic decrease of 75 percent, down from 8 in 2013 to just 2 in 2014.
- Auto theft – dropping from 83 in 2013 to 75 in 2014, auto thefts decreased 9.6 percent throughout the county year to year.
- Burglary – saw an increase of 9.1 percent year over year, with 362 being reported in 2013 versus 395 in 2014.
- Burglary to auto – increased from 274 in 2013 to 306 in 2014, marking an 11.7 percent jump
- Larceny – went down 11.5 percent from 685 in 2013 to 606 in 2014.
Collectively, property crimes decreased in Rutherford County year over year; however, burglaries, both to vehicles and homes, did increase during the time frame in question.
- Disorderly conduct – showed an increase of 18.4 percent year to year going up from 49 in 2013 to 58 in 2014.
- Drug violations – a slight increase of 3.2 percent, from 698 in 2013 to 720 in 2014.
- Drunk driving – went down from 283 in 2013 to 265 in 2014, marking a 6.4 percent decrease.
- Fraud – showed a dramatic increase of 42.9 percent, with 266 reported in 2013 and 280 in 2014.
- Public drunkenness – 67 reported in 2013 and 70 in 2014, marking an increase of 4.5 percent.
- Sex offenses – had a noticeable increase of 26.9 percent, going from 52 in 2013 to 66 in 2014.
- Simple assault – reported a slight increase of 3.1 percent with 870 reported in 2013 and 897 in 2014.
- Vandalism – increased by 19.9 percent year over year with 241 in 2013 versus 289 in 2014.
- Weapons violation – showing a noticeable decrease of 29.8 percent, weapons violations went from 103 in 2013 to 70 in 2014.
- Domestic assault – decreased slightly at 5.1 percent with 369 reported in 2013 versus 389 in 2014.
The most notable statistic in the “other crimes” category is the dramatic jump in the number of fraud cases from 2013 to 2014. Keep in mind that “fraud” includes identify fraud, a crime that has increased significantly across the country each year as a result of the increased use of computers to do everything from send birthday cards to apply for a mortgage.
According to Sheriff Robert Arnold, the Sheriff’s officers wrote 16,074 reports in 2014, an increase of 603 more reports, or 3.8 percent, from 2013. Moreover, there was only a slight overall increase (2.3 percent) in crime for the county from 2013 to 2014. “The Sheriff’s Office remains very proactive in reducing crime,” Sheriff Arnold said. “Our goal is to make Rutherford County the safest county in Tennessee with the resources provided.”
If you are planning to move to Murfreesboro Rutherford County area of Tennessee, and if you need legal advice or representation in a family law, personal injury, or criminal law matter in the Murfreesboro area the team at Bennett, Michael & Hornsby would be honored to assist you. Contact the team today by calling 615-898-1560 to schedule your appointment.