Public Safety

The Public Safety report includes analysis of crime data from a variety of sources and provides information on trends in crime rates, victimization and arrests at the MSA, county and neighborhood level.

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Highlights from the State of the Region 2010: Public Safety report: 


Between 2005 and 2009, the crime rate for nine selected TBI Group A offenses increased in Red Bank (16.7%), Soddy-Daisy (39.8%), and slightly in Chattanooga (0.3%). TBI Group A offenses declined in East Ridge by 1.4%

Since 2006, arrests in Hamilton County have decreased by 16% to 18,068 in 2009. Ten offenses account for more than half of all arrests in Hamilton County: drug/narcotic violations, simple assault, shoplifting, DUI, family non-violent offenses, aggravated assault, drunkenness, disorderly conduct, bad checks, and burglary.

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At the City level, Chattanooga had the highest overall property crime rate among eleven benchmark cities, followed by Memphis and Knoxville. Chattanooga’s property crime rate was 40% higher than the average rate for all eleven benchmark cities. Chattanooga had the fourth highest violent crime rate and sixth highest murder rate among the eleven benchmark cities.

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The City of Chattanooga had the 11th highest crime rate in the nation among cities with populations of 100,000 or more.

There are significant differences in crime by subregion within Hamilton County. Five subregions (Ridgedale/Oak Grove/Clifton Hills, Bushtown/Highland Park, South Chattanooga, Downtown and Amnicola/East Chattanooga) accounted for 14.2% of the County population, but 40% of robberies, 41% of aggravated assaults, 32% of simple assaults, 31% of burglaries and vandalism, and 40% of drug offenses. These five subregions are frequently ranked as having among the five highest crime rates in Hamilton County.

In four Hamilton County subregions, one out of every fifty males has just returned to the community from prison within the last two years. These subregions – Amnicola/East Chattanooga, Ridgedale/Oak Grove/Clifton Hills, Glenwood/Eastdale and Bushtown/Highland Park – account for nearly 25% of all inmates released from prison back to communities in Hamilton County in 2008 and 2009.


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