Did you know…

  • That homicides are up about 30 percent this year compared to 2019 in Memphis?

  • That more than 50 car dealerships have been struck by gangs of car thieves in the past several months?

  • That 18 local children and teens have been killed since the beginning of the year in drive-by shootings and other incidents? (As we go to press another toddler has been shot in east Memphis and is in critical condition at the hospital.)

  • That car-to-car shootings continue to occur on our interstate and expressway highways?

Mayor Jim Strickland in his weekly address noted the increase in homicides, in particular, homicides of children. He said someone has information about the shootings and asked those with knowledge to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

One thing the Mayor said bears repeating: “The loss of one life due to violence is too many—regardless of age. But the loss of a child taken before they’ve even had a chance at life, is almost unbearable.”

Crime hasn’t disappeared in the face of a global virus that has sickened and killed so many, forced most to wear masks in public places and to keep their distance from others. In fact a case can be made that many criminals are looking to take advantage of the current “normal.”

The community’s support is needed. Information of any kind can help bring felons to justice, or help locate those who are fleeing law enforcement.

“We know we are having a positive effect when we meet each month to reward citizens for the tips they provide us,” said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, executive director of CrimeStoppers. “The more awards we make on the more cases tips help solve, the more we are able to cut into the crime rate in our city.”