College Crime Down in Tenn., But Sex Offenses Up

Apr 7, 2014

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Crime is down on Tennessee college campuses, according to a new report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The report states crime decreased at Tennessee’s colleges and universities 11.6 percent from 2012 to 2013.

“This report will hopefully assist law enforcement, institution administrators, and government officials in planning their effort in the fight against crime,” said TBI director Mark Gwyn in a statement. “The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens as well as law enforcement agencies.”  While there was an overall decrease, forcible sex offenses increased by 25 percent in 2013, with one such crime occurring at Austin Peay State University and two forced sex offenses at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Meanwhile, larceny and theft crimes were down, but burglary and robbery reports increased. TBI publishes the report yearly, as required by the College and University Security Information Act, enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1989.