The official release of the “Crime in Tennessee 2012” Report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed what Police Chief Mike Walker suspected. The city of La Vergne in 2012 experienced its lowest crime rate in at least a decade. Along with that statistic comes the good news that among the larger cities in Rutherford County, as well as 12 cities of comparable size throughout the state, La Vergne has the fourth lowest rate for felony crimes. The La Vergne crime rate in 2012 was lower than both Smyrna and Murfreesboro. In 2012, the crime rate had dropped a whopping 54 percent to 5,181 from its highest rate of 9,258 in 2005. Most recently, it dropped 7 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 17 percent from 2011 to 2012, or about 24 percent in the last two years.
Total offenses have fallen 20.2 percent, crimes against property have fallen 39 percent, and arrests are up 5.6 percent. However, domestic violence offenses continue to be of great concern. They make up more than 51 percent of all crimes against persons in the state and 40.2 percent of the crimes against persons in La Vergne.