Over the past few years, as population has grown in Franklin, crime numbers have fluctuated, decreasing slightly but staying about the same, according to numbers from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Franklin has the highest population of any city within Williamson County. Crime in Franklin accounts for almost half of the overall crimes that took place in Williamson County.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An asterisk has been added to the Rape/Sexual Assault line item in the Group A table to provide further clarification and detail as to how we reported the numbers publicly released in the TBI website, due to inquiries made to the Franklin Police Department following publication of this story earlier today and the story was subsequently picked up by Ch 2 News.
“Our 125 sworn officers work hard to keep crime down in Franklin,” said Sgt. Charles Warner of the Franklin Police Department. “We don’t do it alone, though. The relationships we build with members of our community is our most powerful crime-fighting tool. Dedicated officers and supportive residents make and keep Williamson’s biggest city safe.”
The crimes that are most frequent in Franklin are theft (mostly shoplifting), simple assault, destruction/vandalism, drugs, fraud and DUI. Simple assault, disorderly conduct and fraud have been on the rise, while drugs, DUI and theft have been on the decline.
Below are some tables with specific crimes that took place in Franklin since 2010.
Group A Offenses include arson, assault, bribery, burglary/breaking and entering, counterfeiting/forgery, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, drug/narcotic, embezzlement, extortion/blackmail, fraud, gambling, homicide, kidnapping/abduction, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft, pornography/obscene material, prostitution, robbery, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), stolen property and weapon law violations.
|Group A Offenses||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014|
|Motor Vehicle Theft||30||35||41||27||19|
|Weapon Law Violations||21||17||26||17||6|
*The Rape/Sexual Offenses field includes numbers for Forcible Rape, Forcible Sodomy, Sexual Assault W/Object and Forcible Fondling
Group B Offenses include bad checks, curfew/loitering/vagrancy, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence (DUI), drunkenness, nonviolent family offenses, liquor law violations, peeping tom, runaway, trespass of real property and “all other offenses”.
|Group B Arrests||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014|
|Liquor Law Violation||112||95||107||84||64|
|All Other Offenses||188||334||386||174||158|
See also an overview of Williamson County crime over the last 5 years as well as statistics for each city below:
A Look at Williamson County Crime From 2010 to Present