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Tennessee Crime Statistics

TIBRS Reported Offenses

Group A Offenses

Group B Offenses

Pitfalls of Ranking

In the past, crime data has been used to compile rankings of individual jurisdictions and institutions of higher learning. These crude and/or incomplete analyses have often created misleading perceptions which adversely affect geographic entities and their residents. The FBI has a longstanding policy against ranking cities, counties, states and universities/colleges on the basis of crime data alone.

Locales should not be ranked because there are many factors that cause the nature and type of crime to vary from place to place. TIBRS statistics include only jurisdictional figures along with reported crime, clearance or arrest data. Rankings ignore the uniqueness of each locale. All jurisdictions are affected in some degree by:

The TBI will not analyze, interpret, or publish crime statistics based solely on a single dimension interagency ranking. The TBI will not furnish agency-based crime statistics to data users in a ranked format. When providing/using agency-oriented statistics, the TBI cautions and, in fact, strongly discourages data users against using rankings to evaluate locales or the effectiveness of their law enforcement departments.