CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Mayor Andy Berke says last year, homicides dropped more than 20 percent.
Mayor Berke said on Twitter Wednesday, "In 2018, Chattanoogans saw homicides drop by almost 28 percent from the previous year. We continue to see especially strong declines in violent acts committed by gang members."
In his post, homicides went from 33 in 2017, to 24 in 2018.
The City of Chattanooga says this data comes from the year end numbers from the police department.
Berke also says 2019 saw a 7 percent drop in aggravated assault cases (1,251 in 2017, to 1,161 this year), and a 6 percent reduction in all violent crimes (1,723 in 2017, to 1,616 this year).
The FBI says that the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2017 when compared with 2016 data. We are working to get nationwide statistics for 2018.