2020 ”Crime in Tennessee” report: Most serious offenses decline during pandemic

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its 2020 “Crime in Tennessee” report, which details the volume and nature of crime, as reported by the state’s law enforcement agencies.

The report showed more than 506,000 Group A offenses, which are the most serious, were reported in 2020, decreasing 5 percent from 2019. There were more than 136,000 Group A arrests made in 2020. Nearly 129,000 Group B arrests were made in 2020, decreasing 27.7 percent from 2019. Juvenile arrests totaled around 9,300 in 2020, decreasing by 34.1 percent. DUI arrests in 2020 totaled more than 18,000, a decrease of 7.1 percent from 2019.

The state’s 2020 crime data was undeniably impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as workplaces, schools, and other community venues were closed. The data analysis and the numerous graphs and charts in this year’s publication illustrate the sharp decline in reported crime.

The full report is now available on TBI’s website, tn.gov/tbi.