Crime on the decrease on Tennessee campuses
Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:03 pm
Crime is down on Tennessee’s college campuses.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the 2010 Crime on Campus Report — which shows a statewide decrease of crime on Tennessee’s campuses after a slight spike in reported offenses for the previous year.
Prior to 2009, the state witnessed a decrease of crime on campus every year between 2004 and 2008.
The TBI reported there were 7,190 offenses reported in 2010, compared with 7,538 in 2009 — a 4 percent decrease overall. However, violent crime was up nearly 20 percent, from 102 in 2009 to 122 offenses in 2010.
The previous year’s increase in the number of offenses reported was attributed by universities to a 10 percent increase of enrollment on college campuses, possibly due to economic conditions of the state. The TBI said the number of crimes reported on campuses is still up overall from where they were several years ago.
According to an overview of reported offenses from the TBI;
• Drugs/narcotics violations decreased 1.5 percent overall, with drug equipment violations increasing for the third year in a row.
• Fraud offenses decreased by nearly 24 percent and shoplifting decreased 34 percent from the previous year.
• The reported number of rapes decreased from 17 in 2009 to 10 in 2010.
• Larceny/theft offenses made up 38.9 percent of the total number of offenses, a slight increase from 2009. This category continues to comprise the largest number of crimes reported on campuses.
The full report from the TBI gives a breakdown of crimes reported on campuses across Tennessee during 2010.
At the University of Tennessee at Martin, there were eight assault offenses, nine burglary offenses, 43 larceny/theft offenses, one motor vehicle theft, two fraud offenses, one stolen property offense, 11 destructions/vandalisms, 15 drug/narcotics violations and one weapons law violation.
There was one DUI offense, as well as four drunkenness offenses, 26 liquor law violations and one trespassing offense.
No offenses were reported at the Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern.
Dyersburg State Community College reported one sex offense involving forcible fondling, one assault offense, one theft from a motor vehicle, two destructions/vandalisms and one drug/narcotics violation.
In crimes against college students as reported by local law enforcement agencies, there was one simple assault reported for UT Martin. There was one theft from a motor vehicle and one sex offense involving forcible fondling reported for Dyersburg State.
The entire Crime on Campus Report, including statistics from each individual institution statewide, is available online at www.tbi.tn.gov (click on “Statistical Analysis Center” from the “Tennessee Crime Statistics” button on the TBI’s homepage).
Published in The Messenger 3.31.11