Despite a 3% increase in calls for police service, total arrests made by Belle Meade police were down more than 20% in 2018, according to findings detailed in the Belle Meade Police Department’s 2018 public safety report released May 14.
Belle Meade police received 29,438 calls for service last year compared to 28,584 in 2017. Total arrests were down 23%, and the city saw a 20% decline in DUI arrests.
The report found the majority of crimes in Belle Meade were property crimes such as theft from a motor vehicle and credit card fraud. Twelve residents reported extortion or blackmail in 2018 compared to one in 2017, which the report said is likely due to a cryptocurrency scam that affected residents.
In 2018, Belle Meade rolled out a citywide security system that assists with crimes, traffic accidents and missing persons. The license plate readers, located at 19 intersections, notify law enforcement when a license plate from a national crime database is recognized.
From Nov. 1, 2018, to May 5, 2019, the system identified 83 stolen plate hits, 24 stolen vehicle hits and one missing person hit, according to the report.
“We were able to make contact with the missing person and determine she was alright,” police Chief Tim Eads said. “We have recovered several tags and a few of the stolen vehicles.”
The department also used the system to assist three mid-state police agencies with crimes, Eads said.