A look at TBI's "Crime on Campus" stats

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Crime as a whole is going down, but a few types of offenses are on the rise.

The TBI released its "Crime on Campus" 2012 report.
We looked over the numbers and found violent crimes are up slightly, but non-violent crimes went down.

We've told you about several crimes on UT's campus like a home invasion at an apartment on bridge avenue in December. A break-in at Lake Plaza Apartments where three armed men robbed four students.

Here's a break down of the numbers. Sex offenses are up going from 5 to 6, but UTPD says sex crimes are under-reported and tough to know the actual number.

Assaults are down, but aggravated assault is up.

As far as non-violent crimes, larceny theft went up quite a bit, but drug violations went down, so did fraud.

We talked to students to see what they thought. Junior Alex Colclough says, "I feel safe walking to class, but when I'm walking in the Fort that's kinda fishey for me."

Sophomore Sam Bingham says, "All the emails come out before 2am. It's people walking around getting mugged or letting strangers into their homes. If you don't know them, don't let them in and if you stay out too late, stay in a crowd. Don't travel alone."

UTPD says they keep students safe with 25 officers who patrol Fort Sanders and campus.

UT follows the national trend. Across the country, violent crimes on campus went up for the third year in a row.


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