Although Knoxville’s downtown has a relatively low crime rate compared to other cities of similar size, the CBID wants to ensure that all residents, workers and visitors take proper precautions for their safety and overall well-being. Crime prevention involves everyone. You can help ensure your personal safety by following these simple hints:

  • Keep keys, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked in a drawer or closet while in the office.
  • When you are working alone after hours, notify building security.
  • Keep emergency numbers posted near every phone.
  • Secure expensive personal and company property (e.g. laptop computers, software, portable printers, calculators). 
  • Be aware of individuals entering your building through controlled access doors when you enter. They may be “tailgating” without a need to be there when you enter or exit.


Parking Safety

  • Be sure to park in well-lit and heavily traveled areas. 
  • Park near an open business or one that will be open when you leave. 
  • When you approach your car, have your keys ready and check the floor and back seat before you get in. 
  • Have emergency equipment, first aid kit and flashlight available in your vehicle.
  • Keep your original registration at home. Carry a copy with you in your purse or wallet.


Walking and Taking the Bus

  • Be alert. Always be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Be confident. Walk briskly and, if possible, walk with someone, especially after dark. 
  • Face oncoming traffic and avoid isolated areas. 
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting jewelry and keep valuables secure inside your coat or in a pocket. 
  • If you’re waiting on a bus, always stand with the group. 

For more helpful information visit the Knoxville Police Department at or visit them on Facebook.

You can also call the Knoxville Police Department Central District at (865) 215-8600 or (865) 215-7000 or contact Lt. Bobby Hubbs, (865) 215-7524. The non-emergency number for KPD is 215-4010 and of course add 911 if you have an emergency.



The City of Knoxville and the CBID are working to make the Downtown and surrounding areas a better place to live, work and play. Especially in warmer weather, you may see panhandlers. Please don’t be tempted to give them money, for what you give them not only encourages more panhandling, but the money they collect does not actually help them. In fact, by giving even a small amount, you may actually cause harm than good. Your spare change does not help them address the circumstances that put them on the street, and it may discourage them from seeking assistance from social service agencies. 

You do not need to feel guilty when you say no to panhandlers. Support agencies exist to help people meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. People can gain access to support services here in Knoxville by dialing 3-1-1. If you want to give money to help the homeless, or those in downtown who are in need, support programs like the following:

Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry
(865) 673-6540

Salvation Army
(865) 525-9401

Volunteer Ministry Center
(865) 524-3926

Knoxville’s Panhandling Ordinance makes it unlawful for any person to solicit money or other things of value in the following circumstances:
•  After sunset and before sunrise
•  By repeatedly asking a person
•  Using abusive language or profanity
•  In an aggressive manner in a public area
•  In parking lots or garages owned by the City of Knoxville
•  On private property if the owner has a sign posted or has asked the person to stop
•  From motorists in traffic
•  From persons waiting in line to be admitted to a commercial establishment
•  By falsely representing why they are seeking money
•  Or within 20 feet of:
        A crosswalk
        An entrance or exit of any bank or check cashing business
        An ATM
        Public restrooms
        Pay phones
        Sidewalk café or outdoors dining area
        A bus stop or bus station

If you are the target of illegal soliciting or panhandling you are encouraged to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-4010.
The Central Business Improvement District is online at Please e-mail or call 246-2654 for more information.