Crime & zip codes: Chattanooga PD releases data on the city's highest crime areas
How much does the part of the city where you live affect the amount of crime around you? Chattanooga Police have collected data that provides some perspective on answering that question in our city.
Chattanooga Police say people living in the 37404, 37421 and 37406 zip codes are living in areas with the city's highest crime rates.
East Brainerd mom of five Kelly Ellington was surprised to hear her neighborhood was one of the most dangerous, according to a study published by Chattanooga Police.
"It does worry me very much so. I wouldn't have thought that that was so high in our area," Ellington says.
In the report, CPD tracks violent crimes, classified as robbery, aggravated assault, rape and homicide.
Police say between 2015 to 2018, they responded to 826 violent crime incidents in 37404 , 764 incidents in 37421, and 752 incidents in the 37406 zip code.
Police say high violent crime rates lead to more violent crime victims.
Kisha Taylor lives in one of the high crime areas.
She recalls the moment gun violence changed her life, "I get a call Trell had been shot. That moment there changed our life forever."
Taylor says after the homicide of her son, she felt alone and unsupported by law enforcement.
"We're alone and we pretty much have to depend on CPD to guide us through that process," Taylor added.
Chattanooga Police acknowledge that they need a new systems to further support violent crime victims in our area. They're now applying for $450,000 grant designated to helping violent crime victims and strengthening community advocacy.
Sharon Loving heads a nonprofit called the Loving Project. The organization is committed to helping victims of violent crimes like gun violence.
She says after crimes like homicide and assault , " the crime scene is removed, the pain goes on. The struggle goes on. Daily life is never quite the same."
She is hopeful CPD's effort will benefit victims she works with on a daily basis.
You can see the full CPD report below: (Reading this on our mobile app? Tap here to open an external browser and read the report.)