Crime On The Rise In Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN – According to the trends report on, crime overall in Chattanooga is currently up by 14%.

However, the top three Tennessee population centers all report significant decreases in crime with Nashville down by 17%, Memphis by 19% and Knoxville by 51%. 

Chattanooga violent crime including shootings, assaults, and robberies are on the increase this month, with violent crime up by 8%. 

Property crime such as theft, vandalism, and burglary have also increased this month, with property crime increasing by 19% so far. 

Crime was on a steady decrease with July recording 1,613 crime incidents, August recording 1,573 and September recording 1,521. The total number for October has not yet been reported. bases their information on reports received from local police agencies.

“When you put a pandemic on top of the civil tensions, along with increased economical stressors and whatever personal stressors that exist in folk’s lives…unfortunately, we’re seeing this coming out in the number of homicides and shootings,” Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy said when addressing the City Council. 

District 9 Councilwoman, Demetrus Coonrod stated, “People have to start taking ownership here.  If you want crime to stop in your community then you have to report it.” 

“No matter how many police we put in the community, we still have to address an inner problem that’s in our communities,” Chief Roddy said. 

In a conversation on, some Chattanooga residents expressed their opinions regarding Chattanooga crime. 

Kristina Brown states, “We have countless churches yet we are swarming with homeless and poverty stricken communities. Our police force is understaffed. Lots of street racing on the highway as well since there are rarely patrols out there, they are too busy handling the domestic disputes, drug calls and fatalities due to the violence in this city.” 

Kimberly Nash states, “Tennessee is one of the more politically corrupt states in the US, and Chattanooga is one of the most politically corrupt cities in Tennessee. The crime rate per capita is quite high, wages are below average, and the price of housing is climbing at an alarming rate.” 

Ja Rosenbloom states, “It seems that late at night is when most of the crime activity takes place. Just stay off the streets late at night and everything should be OK.” 

CBS News actually ranked Chattanooga as the 23rd most dangerous city in America. 

According to, You have a 1 in 95.4 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Chattanooga each year.  

That compares to a 1 in 160.3 chance statewide. 

The violent crime rate in Chattanooga is 1,048.2 per 100,000 people. 

That’s 184.15% higher than the national rate of 368.9 per 100,000 people and 68.06% higher than the Tennessee violent crime rate of 623.7 per 100,000 people. 

You have a 1 in 16.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Chattanooga each year.  

That compares to a 1 in 45.5 chance nationally. 

The property crime rate in Chattanooga is 6,058.9 per 100,000 people. 

That’s 175.47% higher than the national rate of 2,199.5 per 100,000 people and 114.44% higher than the Tennessee property crime rate of 2,825.4 per 100,000 people. 

According to, their reports are based on recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources.

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