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TBI: Crime down on college campuses, but violence still increasing

12:59 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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Fewer crimes happened on Tennessee's college campuses last year,  according to the new "Crime on Campus 2012" report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

There were 7,326 offenses reported in 2012 compared with 7,639 in 2011, a 4.1% decrease overall, but violent crime is up for the third straight year.

The most commonly reported offense on university campuses remains larceny/theft, but overall that category also decreased from the previous year.

Other trends noted by TBI:

  • Assault offenses increased by more than 13% from 2011 to 2012, with aggravated assault increasing drastically from 46 in 2011 to 75 in 2012.
  • Prior to 2012, drug/narcotics and drug equipment violation had increased yearly since 2008. However, this trend ended in 2012 with a 1.4% decrease in those offenses being reported in 2012.
  • More than 35% of all 2012 offenses reported were categorized as larceny/theft which is a decrease from 2011. Theft from a building remains the most often reported with 1,539 offenses, a decrease from the 1,595 offenses reported in 2011.
  • Overall, there was a nearly 20% decrease in forcible sex offenses reported including a decrease in forcible rape.
  • Theft of motor vehicle offenses have declined 33% since 2009.
  • DUI violations decreased nearly 11% from 2011 to 2012.

At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, there were  450 thefts last year., and 145 drug offenses.

To view a full copy of the "Crime on Campus 2011" report, including statistics from each individual institution, go to TBI's website.

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