Crime in Antioch is down; residents fight public perception

Nashville 2019

Crime numbers show Antioch is not the most dangerous area in Metro Nashville.  But certain spots still draw crime.

According to crime data released by Metro Police, the council districts that cover Antioch didn’t crack the top five for most incidents, calls for service or vehicle stops in 2018. 

The numbers also show that violent incidents are down in the precincts that cover Antioch, the Hermitage and South precincts.

“I’ve been here almost 25 years and I feel like the reputation Antioch has is not validated,” said resident Wilbert Martin. “That’s the perception but there are a lot of great people who live in this community.”

But not all residents echo Martin’s sentiment.

“Here lately there’s been a lot,” said resident Rev. Pattie Hardeman. “In the past two years, there’s been a lot happening in the Antioch area. Why? I do not know.”

“In the short time I’ve been here I’ve heard and seen so much,” said resident Jeanette Young-Allison. “Police chases, young folks jacking cars.”

There is one intersection in Antioch that continues to show up on the Metro Police weekly list of high crime intersections: Bell Road between Cane Ridge Rd and Bell Forge Lane East.

In February, a man was shot in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn and Suites near that intersection. In January, shots were fired in the parking lot of a Mapco when an argument broke out. 

Video taken at that same Mapco shows several suspects stealing with complete disregard for the camera. That incident happened two weeks ago.

However, the numbers reflect that the area is not getting worse and crime is not going up.

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