- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission says major violent crimes have increased through the first nine months of the year compared with the same time period in 2013.

The commission says the year-to-date violent crime numbers are still 6.6 percent higher in Shelby County and 6 percent higher in Memphis than last year at this time. Major violent crimes include murder, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.

However, the commission says reported major violent crime countywide for this past September was down significantly compared with September 2013.

Reported major property crime for January through September of this year is down 3.9 percent countywide and 3.6 percent in the city of Memphis, compared with the same period in 2013. Major property crimes include burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and other felony theft offenses.

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