Overall, the number of successful tips to CrimeStoppers is down from 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic gets much of the blame for its effects on society.

That’s the assessment of CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, along with local law enforcement agencies and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, which analyzes crime statistics.

“We know that the pandemic has more people staying at home or closer to home,” said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, executive director of CrimeStoppers.

“People aren’t out and about like they were before, and therefore they aren’t hearing and seeing as much. Even so, we urge citizens to keep aware and contact us if they know anything at all about serious crimes in the community.”