Tennessee Tech sees drop in campus crimeThe number of reported crimes on Tennessee Tech University’s campus dropped this year, following a trend seen at higher education institutions across the state.
According to the recently released annual Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report, Tennessee Tech’s reported offenses dropped about 20 percent between 2007 and 2008. Statewide, the total number of offenses reported on campuses decreased 6.4 percent from 2007.
Tennessee Tech’s overall reported offenses historically rank low per capita compared to other Tennessee Board of Regents universities.
Larceny/theft continued to comprise the largest percentage, 38 percent, of offenses reported on college campuses. That held true at Tennessee Tech where about 39 percent of all crimes reported were larceny/theft incidents.
Group B offenses, which include driving while under the influence, disorderly conduct and liquor law violations, decreased significantly from 2007 to 2008.
No criminal homicides, including murder, or robberies were reported for the year. One forcible rape was reported and cleared.
Most institutions, including Tennessee Tech, credit a proactive response to crime prevention. The university developed emergency text message alert systems to notify students, employees and guests of safety concerns or incidents. The university also uses broadcast e-mail messages.
Although no campus is a sanctuary from crime, the university is patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officers also join students, faculty, administrators and staff in safety walks each semester to ensure everyone knows the safe areas.
TTU’s University Police maintain annual crime statistics and comparative crime rates for three years on the university’s web site. More crime rate information may be found at www.tntech.edu/police/crimestats.html.