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UT Martin among safest four-year public institutions

UT Martin among safest four-year public institutions

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:25 pm
By: MARTN

MARTIN — The University of Tennessee at Martin is among the safest of the four-year public institutions in Tennessee in the most recent statewide crime statistics released for reported crimes. UT Martin was the safest in the more serious crimes per 1,000 campus population and second safest in the lesser offenses per 1,000. Additionally, for more serious crimes and lesser offenses that are committed, the UT Martin Department of Public Safety has the best clearance rates for cases solved.
“We work hard to maintain the high level of safety for our students, employees and visitors,” said UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes. “Recent improvements in external lighting, traffic flow and the installation of 150 new surveillance cameras, we believe, will serve to further enhance the overall level of safety.”
 According to crime statistics for 2010 recently released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, UT Martin had the least amount of reported offenses among four-year Tennessee Board of Regents and UT institutions.
“This year, emphasis was placed on the education of students on alcohol-related issues, and we experienced a decrease in the number of incidents involving alcohol, which we believe indirectly resulted in the decrease of the related offenses of assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct,” said Scott Robbins, UT Martin director of public safety. “We want to remind the campus community that crime prevention remains a ‘team’ effort, and we need everyone to remain proactive with us by securing property, remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity.”
During the last decade, the UT Martin crime rate consistently has been lower than the national and statewide averages for college campuses.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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