Violent crimes decrease in Franklin

Published 10:36 am Friday, October 28, 2011

FRANKLIN—Violent crime in the city has decreased compared to a year ago, according to Franklin Police Chief Phil Hardison.

Franklin in 2011 has not had any murders and only one malicious wounding. Last year, police worked one murder and 19 malicious wounding cases.

In addition, the number of robberies has dropped by nearly 50 percent from 11 in 2010 to six in 2011. The number of burglaries has also dropped from 131 in 2010 to 77 in 2011.

Fewer burglaries doesn’t mean residents can be complacent, as robberies tend to increase during the holiday season, Hardison said.

“Last year from this time on we were being hit with burglaries almost weekly,” he said.

Hardison asked residents to be aware of suspicious activity.

He told the City Council Monday that having more police has helped bring the crime level down and shootings have decreased from 2009 to 2011.

Shots-fired calls have decreased from 101 in 2009 to 41 in 2011, Hardison said.

Franklin Police has also made more drug arrests with the help of the FBI Safe Streets Initiative, which the department joined in 2009.

The FPD has executed 10 search warrants and 23 arrest warrants, or indictments on the state level. The program has resulted in 14 convictions and eight pending court cases. The program has also resulted in three search warrants and seven indictments on the federal level.