The number of reported crimes on Tennessee Tech University’s campus stayed relatively unchanged as the state’s rate rose more than 9 percent. Tennessee Tech’s overall reported offenses, which historically rank low per capita compared to other Tennessee Board of Regents universities, showed about a 1 percent increase, according to the annual Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report released today.Larceny/theft continued to comprise the largest percentage, 38.5 percent, of offenses reported on college campuses. That held true at Tennessee Tech where about 45 percent of all crimes reported were larceny/theft incidents. TTU’s only significant increase appeared in burglaries, up to 24 from 16 last year.
“We face what other campuses are facing with growing enrollment and tougher economic times,” said TTU Police Chief Gay Shepherd. “The types of crimes that are increasing reflect the challenge of serving more people with the same resources and personnel. However, our clearance rate for these crimes has increased from about 3 percent to almost 19 percent. We are working diligently to educate the campus community to protect themselves against larceny and theft, which are often crimes of opportunity.”
In the past year, Shepherd says the installation of security cameras in strategic areas on campus has helped officers identify those committing crimes. At TTU, no criminal homicides or rapes were reported for the year. One robbery was reported and cleared.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 annually 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 here.