Nolensville crime rates show criminal activity slightly decreased last year overall, but noncriminal calls are increasing.
Nolensville crime rates show criminal activity slightly decreased last year overall, but noncriminal calls are increasing. At a Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Thursday night, Police Chief Troy Huffines delivered the most recent report.
January saw 15 reported Group A offenses, which are crimes like homicide, assault, burglary and fraud. One case was a forcible fondling and another was a simple assault. There was one reported offense of intimidation, two of burglary, one of wire fraud and one of vandalism.
Also in Group A were two reported offenses of swindle/con games, one impersonation, one credit card fraud and one hacking incident. There was one theft from vehicle and two categorized as all other larcenies.
January of last year showed a sharp decrease in Group A offenses, totaling at only seven in comparison. Group A offenses were lower last year than the previous, with 178 total in 2014 and 163 total in 2015 for the entire year.
Group B offenses, which includes things like DUI and trespassing, totaled to four in January. There was one DUI and three other offenses. In 2014 and 2015, Group B offenses totaled at 97 and 98.
Total, there were 19 Group A and B offenses in January 2016, up from 14 in January 2015. In January 2014 there were 20. Last year saw a total of 261 A and B offenses combined. In 2014 that number was 275, and Huffines hopes that overall number continues to decrease.
However, noncriminal calls were higher in 2015 than 2014, and so far 2016’s first month is higher than both previous years’. Noncriminal calls include things like animal calls, death, residential alarms and noise complaints. In 2014 there were 526 noncriminal calls. The following year in 2015 there were 841. Numbers were highest that year in August with 90 noncriminal calls.
“We are down, though,” Huffines said. “We had 81 last month. We’re down in comparison, and hopefully we’ll stay down. We’ll see as time goes.”
January of 2014 saw 44 noncriminal calls alone, as did 2015. In January of this year, there were 67 noncriminal calls. Forty of those calls were for residential and commercial alarms at 20 each. There were 13 matter of records, two welfare checks, two assist citizens, two noise complaints and two EMS assists. In addition, there was one death, one 911 hang-up, one property damage, one lost property, one psychological evaluation and one missing person.
Crash data shows that they’ve increased since 2014. There have been nine so far in 2016, with two resulting in injuries. In 2015 there were 160, and before that there were 130 in 2014. With population increasing comes more crashes, and Huffines said at a BOMA last month that it’s to be expected.
There were 82 traffic stops in January 2016, with 71 citations being issued resulting in 111 charges and 11 warnings issued.
Huffines was recently appointed to serve as a Public Safety Coalition committee member with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.
TACP is headed by Chief Steve Anderson with the Metro Police Department and co-chaired by David Rausch with the Knoxville Police Department.
“I’m very honored to present and represent the town of Nolensville on that,” Huffines said. “They’re for the betterment of law enforcement as we move toward better practices in law enforcement throughout the state of Tennessee.”
The Nolensville Police Department is located at 7218 Nolensville Road. They can be reached at 776-3640.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.