Crime numbers show increase in one part of city - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jamel Major

Crime numbers show increase in one part of city

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The overall numbers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department are encouraging. Crime across the county is actually down from this time last year. That is, unless you own a home in Southeast Shelby County, where home break-ins are up big time.
      
According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office,  the number of home break-ins near Highway 385 and Hacks Cross Road are up. 

Newly released numbers show 44 residential burglaries in Southeast Shelby County this year. That is up from 14 in the same area in November 2007.

"We're seeing home invasions throughout the county.  We are devoting more resources to deal with those issues because although they're non-violent, they have potential for being violent crimes in the event the perpetrators are confronted," sheriff Mark Luttrell said.

Luttrell said as a community moves, so does crime.

"Where the people go is where the crime goes.  I think that's just a rule of thumb," Luttrell said.

And that means making sure enough resources are available as people continue to move into the county.

"When I look at growth in the community, I think about how many more officers do I need to deploy to that area to ensure safety in that area," Luttrell said.
 
Crime across the county is down overall.

Residential burglaries in Northwest Shelby County were down by as much as 50 percent last month when compared to November of last year.


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