TBI: College campus crime on the rise

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 12:05am
Staff reports

A report released Wednesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows the first statewide increase in crime on Tennessee’s college campuses in the last five years.

The number of offenses reported jumped more than 9 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to the 2009 “Crime on Campus” report.

Larceny/theft continues to comprise the largest number of crimes on campuses. This category made up 38.5 percent of the total number of offenses reported.

The fraud offenses category increased by 75 percent and shoplifting increased 700 percent in 2009.

There were 7,538 offenses reported in 2009 compared with 6,900 in 2008. The previous years, 2007 and 2008, showed a 6.4 percent drop, and there was a 12.5 percent decrease between 2006 and 2007.

TBI contacted the institutions that showed the greatest increases and asked for explanations regarding the increase reported offenses for the most recent analysis.

Enrollment increased 10 percent statewide from 2008 to 2009 possibly due to economic conditions in the state and people improving their job skills with education.

Drugs/narcotics violations increased 16 percent overall with drug paraphernalia increasing 18 percent.

The reported number of rapes increased from 12 in 2008 to 17 in 2009.

For a school by school breakdown of the statistics, visit www.tbi.tn.gov

2 Comments on this post:

By: artsmart on 4/1/10 at 12:33

Is there a breakdown by schools? I curious if the price of tuition has any affect on the amount of crime.

By: pnance on 4/1/10 at 1:39

I suspect tuition is not a factor except where it affects a school's ability to maintain an adequate security office. Two other factors strike me as more important: 1) location of the campus (area of town), and 2) outside issues (i.e. Vanderbilt's "campus" now includes 100 Oaks, which contains retails stores susceptible to shoplifting.)

I'd like to see a breakdown by schools also.