Crime on school campuses across Tennessee slightly increased in 2011, according to a report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Wednesday. Violent crime, however, rose 20 percent for the second year in a row.
According to a release from the TBI, its “Crime on Campus 2011” report shows the increase follows after a decrease in reported offenses for 2010. Since 2004, the TBI reports have shown decrease each year except for another slight increase in 2009.
Last year, there were 7,493 reported offenses compared to 7,190 in 2010.
Some findings of the report include:
The TBI publishes the annual Crime on Campus report pursuant to the 1989 "College and University Security Information Act" enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly. All colleges and universities are mandated to report crime statistics to TBI in an effort to assist law enforcement, institution administrations and government officials in planning their efforts to fight crime and applying crime prevention strategies.
A full copy of the 2011 report, including statistics from each individual institution, can be found at www.tbi.tn.gov. From there click on “Statistical Analysis Center” from the “Tennessee Crime Statistics” button on TBI’s homepage.