published Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Campus crime drops across Tennessee

Crimes on Tennessee college campuses dropped slightly in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the “Crime on Campus 2012” report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Data from 2011 had showed a slight increase from 2010, the TBI said in a news release.

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

There were 7,326 offenses reported in 2012 compared with 7,639 in 2011, a 4.1 percent decrease overall, the TBI reported. However, violent crime was up again for the third year in a row.

Summary findings in the news release include:

— Assault offenses increased by more than 13 percent from 2011 to 2012, with aggravated assault increasing drastically from 46 in 2011 to 75 in 2012.

— Before 2012, drug/narcotics and drug equipment violation had increased yearly since 2008. However, this trend ended in 2012 with a 1.4 percent decrease in those offenses being reported in 2012.

— More than 35 percent 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 percent decrease in forcible sex offenses reported including a decrease in forcible rape.

— DUI violations decreased nearly 11 percent from 2011 to 2012.

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