Crime on Campus: Are We Safe?

By Erika Veller

Chattanooga–(UTC/TBI) If you are leaving campus late one night, do you feel safe walking to your car in the desolate darkness by yourself? Do you feel safe out of ignorance or do you know for a fact your campus is safe?  

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released “Crime on Campus ’08” reports to the public on March 25, 2009. Between the three metro UT universities, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and University of Tennessee at Memphis, UTC is ranked the safest university for crime on campus.

The front of UTC.

The front of UTC


UTC is ranked the safest UT school of the three universities in the system. The university had 8,436 students enrolled in 2008, out of those students 641 crimes were committed on-campus.

UTM is ranked as number two for safety on campus. The university had 6,890 students enrolled in 2008, out of those students 203 crimes were committed on-campus.

UTK is ranked closely with UTM for safety on campus, but is last for safety on UT campus’. The university had 26,418 students enrolled in 2008, out of these students 8,436 crimes were committed.

UTC police help keep campus safe.

UTC police help keep campus safe.


 When broken down, UTC’s crime rating for the its number of students divided by its number of crimes estimates out to 13.1606%, UTM’s crime rating is 33.9408% and UTK’s crime rate is 34.0000%.

UTC is considered to be the safest university by almost 20% of the three UT campuses. 

The top five offenses on UTC’s campus were:

  • 169 liquor law violations
  • 72 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 56 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 48 thefts from a building 
  • 42 burglaries and 42 thefts from motor vehicles.

In comparison with the top 5 crimes for 2008, the numbers for these crimes in 2007 were:

  • 156 liquor law violations 
  • 98 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 54 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 46 thefts from a building 
  • 62 burglaries and 47 thefts from motor vehicles.

The numbers for crimes in 2006 were:

  • 89 liquor law violations 
  • 109 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 57 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 56 thefts from a building 
  • 77 burglaries and 41 thefts from motor vehicles.
UTC officers patrol campus.

UTC officers patrol campus.

The number of violations have decreased in certain offenses, yet increased in other offenses over the years.

Since 2006, UTC’s number of burglaries has dropped considerably. In 2007 there were 15 less burglaries than in 2006. In 2008 there were 20 less burglaries than in 2007. Therefore over that past 3 year period, there have been 35 less burglaries because the numbers gradually continue to lessen.

Another considerable drop in crime on UTC’s campus is destruction/damage/vandalism. In 2006, there were 109 destruction/damage/vandalism offenses done on campus. In 2007, there was a decrease of 11, making this number of offenses drop to 98. Then in 2008, this offense dropped to 26 less offenses for destruction/damage/vandalism, with 72 offenses.

These numbers can continue to drop with an informed community on campus safety. A safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of the entire University’s community by the students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about UTC’s crime status and safety tips check out these links:–%20Chattanooga&d_ads=scholarships,%20student%20loans,%20summer%20programs,%20grants

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