The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 'Crime on Campus' report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state's colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).
At MTSU, there were two sex offenses reported in 2014 of which both have since been cleared with the work of law enforcement. One prostitution case was also reported in 2014, that too was cleared before the year was over. In addition to the sex offenses, 51-assaults were reported and out of that number, 24 were cleared. 8 Motor vehicle thefts were reported last year and only one case was closed. As for drug violations, 55 were reported and 50 cases were cleared on the campus of 21,243 students.
Among the report's findings all across the state (not just Murfreesboro):
- Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
- Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
- Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013's study.
- The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
- DUI offenses reported by Tennessee's colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.
As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution's statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.
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The full 'Crime on Campus' report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available online for review athttp://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.