With daily reports of shootings and robberies, Memphis seems as dangerous as ever. But according to the latest statistics, the city has gotten a teensy bit safer since last year (and we do mean, teensy).
From January through the end of May this year, 4,528 violent incidents have been reported in Memphis, while 4,847 were reported to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Violent crimes include homicide, aggravated robbery, assault, and the like.
At this same time last year, the city had experienced 4,760 violent crimes, while the county recorded 5,064. That reflects a drop of 4.29 percent this year.
Those numbers are still nothing to be proud of, but hey, baby steps, right?
For more on the latest stats and city/county crime-fighting initiatives, go to www.operationsafecommunity.org.