TBI Releases Crime on Campus Report

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Tennessee college campuses saw a slight uptick in crime in 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation latest "Crime on Campus" report.

2016 results showed crime on college and university campuses in The Volunteer State went up 0.8 percent from 2015 to 2016. 27 percent of the crimes reported were larceny or thefts. The number of assaults jumped 21 percent. Fraud cases increased 8 percent, and reported rape cases dropped 27 percent.

The purpose of the report is to hopefully help law enforcement, school administration in their efforts to fight crime and raise awareness of crime.

When it came to schools in the Memphis area, Local Memphis compared 2015 results with the new 2016 stats and found:

The University of Memphis saw the number of assaults go from 30 cases to 46, burglaries went from 17 to 26 and sex offenses went from 6 to 9. Acts of destruction or vandalism at the University of Memphis dropped from 39 to 26.

Rhodes College saw the number of thefts climb from 31 to 49, burglaries increased 3 to 6 and sex offenses fell from 21 cases to 13.

Christian Brothers University reported theft cases jumped 18 to 26, sex offenses fell from 4 to 0 and burglaries decreased from 5 to 1.

Memphis students we talked with said despite the report they feel safe on campus.

"I constantly see patrol cars always the University of Memphis Police, so that makes me feel safe," said Michael Dixon, a freshman at the University of Memphis.

"Kids come from everywhere. Some kids are bad. Some kids come here looking for education some kids don't," said Kenneth Rose, also a freshman at the University of Memphis.

So what are schools doing to deter crime?

The University of Memphis Chief Operations Officer Bruce Harber said in addition to enhanced campus lighting, they recently implemented a phone app --LiveSafe-- allowing students to send information straight to police.

Harber said they also have tools like Tiger Text that sends out crime alerts and an escort program to name a few.

"In the last 10 years, we've had the safest of the large universities' lowest incidents per thousand. In the years that we weren't, we were like 2 or 3 from being the best. Even that being said, the crime rate is not zero so we're continually doing anything we can to make the campus even safer," said Harber.

Rhodes college sent a statement saying the school implemented a progressive policy to encourage students to report all cases of sexual misconduct and other types of misconduct. This includes hiring staff and creating resources focused on Title IX issues, offering anonymous reporting with a process in place to launch an investigation and more.

If you want to see the full report yourself, click on the following link: http://tn.gov/tbi/article/recent-publications.

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