UTM among safest colleges

UTM among safest colleges

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.
According to crime statistics for 2011 released this week by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 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.
In addition, 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.
“Campus safety continues to be an important priority for us, so we are pleased to see the results from this report,” UT  Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes said. “We hope the recent replacement of our old campus lighting with brighter lamps, covering more areas of campus, will further increase safety for our students.”
The statistics released also reported UT  Martin had the least number of reported offenses among four-year Tennessee Board of Regents and UT institutions.
“The statistics show once again that UT Martin is among the safest universities in the state and also the Southeast,” Scott Robbins, UT  Martin director of public safety, said. “The improvements made in video surveillance systems around campus did help with our improved clearance rate numbers, but the main reason for those numbers is the fact that the people that attend and work here at UT Martin have a genuine concern for the welfare of one another and do not hesitate to get involved and sound the alarm when they see suspicious activity.”
During the last decade, the UT Martin crime rate has consistently been lower than the national and statewide averages for college campuses.

Published in The Messenger 4.5.12

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