In our last post, we spent some time discussing how people here in Tennessee should never make the mistake of thinking that theft crimes somehow aren't a priority for prosecutors or that the consequences for a theft crime conviction typically amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
When it comes to theft-related crimes, many people believe that it’s a relatively low-risk, high-reward proposition, meaning the likelihood of getting caught is very low while the potential payoff is very high. Furthermore, many people believe that the consequences of a conviction on these types of charges are less severe than most crimes, resulting in a small fine or little more than a few months behind bars.
A report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations indicates that the number of reported crimes in all K through 12 schools in the state has decreased since 2012. The number of reported crimes related to theft, however, has risen through the years.