Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Crime Jumps on Tennessee College Campuses

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Crime Jumps on Tennessee College Campuses

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CHATTANOOGA, TENN.

Violent crime on the state's college campuses increased significantly last year, according to a recent report from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In 2003, crime like rape, assaults and kidnappings was up 21.3 percent from the previous year.

The largest jump was in kidnapping, going from just one offense in 2002 to 16 in 2003. Overall, the number of violent crime offenses increased from 122 in 2002 to 148 in 2003. The most common violent crime was aggravated assault, with 61 offenses.

The statistics are from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 2003 "Crime on Campus" report that compiles statistics on every university and college in the state each year, said TBI spokeswoman Beth Denton.

Nonviolent crimes increased 11.7 percent on the campuses. The most common crime overall in 2003 was theft from a building, with 1,935 cases--a 12.5 percent increase over 2002.

"This is meant to help local law enforcement and school administrators in the fight against crime," Denton said. "It creates awareness, shows crimes do exist and highlights those that pose a threat to a community or campus. …

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