BY KEN LITTLE
Crime in general is down in Greene County and up in Greeneville, according to the 2012 Crime in Tennessee report released this week by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Statistics Unit.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department reported 2,224 total offenses in 2012, with 553 of those reports cleared, for a clearance rate of 24.87 percent.
That's an improvement from 2011, when the Sheriff's Department reported 2,482 total offenses, with 571 of those reports cleared, for a clearance rate of 23.01 percent.
The most serious crimes reported in 2012 by the Sheriff's Department include four murders, two kidnapping/abductions, 10 forcible rape offenses, 13 forcible fondling reports, three statutory rapes, 117 aggravated assaults, 305 simple assaults, 47 intimidations and three stalking reports.
The crimes-against-property category included 11 arsons, 430 burglaries, 20 counterfeiting/forgery, 289 destruction/damage/vandalism, seven embezzlement, and one extortion/blackmail case.
There were 82 fraud-false pretenses reports, 18 fraud-credit card/ATM, four fraud-impersonation and one fraud-wire report.
A total of 86 motor vehicle thefts were reported, along with 24 robberies, 14 theft-shoplifting charges, 237 theft from building reports, two thefts from coin machines, 74 thefts from motor vehicle, 61 theft of motor vehicle parts and 191 in the "all other larceny" category.
In the "Crimes Against Society" section, there were 70 drug-narcotic violations, 90 drug-narcotic equipment violations, one pornography-obscene material report and seven weapon law violations.
Arrests for bad checks totaled 32. There were 23 disorderly conduct charges, 80 for driving under the influence, 44 for drunkenness, 45 in the family-non violent category, eight liquor law violations, 17 trespass charges and 576 in the "all other offenses" category.
In the domestic violence category, there were 56 reports of aggravated assault, 202 simple assault, 17 intimidation, one for stalking, two forcible rape, four forcible fondling and two kidnapping/abduction reports.
The Greeneville Police Department reported 2,262 total offenses in 2012, with 891 of those cases cleared, for a clearance rate of 39.39 percent.
The police department reported 2,082 total offenses in 2011, with 510 of those reports cleared, for a clearance rate of 24.50 percent.
The most serious crimes reported in 2012 by the Greeneville Police Department include one murder, six kidnapping/abductions, five forcible rapes, one forcible sodomy, nine forcible fondling reports, two incest, three statutory rape offenses, 92 aggravated assaults, 214 simple assaults, 157 intimidations and eight stalking reports.
The crime-against=property category included three arsons, 191 burglaries, 138 counterfeiting/forgery, 231 destruction/damage/vandalism and nine embezzlement cases.
There were 93 fraud-false pretenses reports, 62 fraud-credit card/ATM, 37 fraud-impersonation and four fraud-wire report.
There were 40 motor vehicle thefts reported, 18 robberies, two stolen property offenses, four theft/pocket-picking reports, five purse snatching, 192 theft-shoplifting charges, 119 theft from building reports, 11 theft from coin machine, 175 thefts from motor vehicles, 32 theft of motor vehicle parts and 254 in the "all other larceny" category.
In the "Crimes Against Society" category, there were 79 drug-narcotic violations, 53 drug-narcotic equipment violations, one pornography-obscene material report and 10 weapon law violations.
Arrests for disorderly conduct totaled seven. There were 97 driving under the influence cases, 94 for drunkenness, one in the family-non violent category, five liquor law violations, 13 trespass charges and 150 in the "all other offenses" category.
In the domestic violence category, there were 43 reports of aggravated assault, 119 simple assault, 54 intimidation, three for stalking, one forcible rape, one sexual assault with object, four forcible fondling and two kidnapping/abduction reports.
The Tusculum Police Department reported 68 total offenses in 2012, with 44 of those cleared, for a clearance rate of 64.71 percent.
Tusculum police reported 48 offenses in 2011, with 22 of those reports cleared, for a clearance rate of 45.83 percent.
The Baileyton Police Department reported 41 total offenses in 2012, with 24 of those cleared, for a clearance rate of 58.54 percent.
Baileyton police reported 28 offenses in 2011, with 15 reports cleared, for a clearance rate of 53.57 percent.
Statewide, there were 566,601 Group A offenses reported, compared with 583,022 in 2011. The largest segment of crimes reported were committed against property, at more than 57 percent, a decrease of 5.8 percent from 2011.
Crimes against individuals also decreased about 1 percent, but crimes against society increased 6.3 percent, according to the report.
"With an estimated population of more than 6.4 million people, Tennessee has seen crime drop a total of approximately 3.5 percent since 2010," the report said.
Other facts from the report:
* The reported number of murders increased by about 1.5 percent. It is the second year in a row Tennessee has seen an increase in homicides.
* A total of 29,093 people were arrested for DUI in 2012, an increase over 2011. The 2012 DUI figure includes 162 juveniles.
* Domestic violence offenses comprised more than 51 percent of all crimes against persons.
* The reported number of aggravated assault offenses increased by nearly 8 percent.
* Of the 168,929 arrests made for Group A offenses across the state, about 70 percent of the arrestees were male, compared with 30 percent female.
* Juveniles comprised 8.2 percent of total arrests, a decrease of more than 15 percent in Group A offenses since 2010.
* The 18-to-24 age group accounted for nearly 35 percent of drug-narcotic violations.