Monday, April 26, 2010

Cookeville Police Release Annual Crime Report

The Cookeville Police Department has released its annual report on crime in the city, and it shows that major crimes were down somewhat in 2009, although the instances of violent crime went up. The total crime rate was down for the second consecutive year, thanks mainly to a decrease in property crimes. But violent crime -- including rape, robbery, homicide and aggravated assault -- increased 22.5 percent from 120 such crimes in 2008 to 147 reports of violent crime in 2009. Police say there were 22 reports of rape, 38 robberies, 86 assaults, and one homicide in the city. In fact, there has been one homicide reported in Cookeville for five of the past six years. Meanwhile, there were 390 burglaries and 48 vehicles stolen in town last year. And, for the first time since at least 2004, there were no reports of arson.