TBI: School crime drops again in 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The number of crimes reported at Tennessee schools continued their downward trend again in 2010, according to a new study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

The annual report was part of a three-year study conducted by the TBI's Crime Statistics Unit and is based on numbers submitted by the state's law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

It found the number of crimes in school fell 1.6% from 2009 to 2010 and had dropped 3.4% since 2008. The TBI said 13,110 crimes were reported last year; that was compared to 13,327 in the previous year.

Highlights (Click here for full report)

  • 2.3% of all crimes reported in the state occurred at a school.

  • The reported numbers of crimes occurring at schools decreased by 1.6% from 2009. There were 13,110 crimes reported in 2010 compared to 13,327 in 2009.

  • Simple assault was the most frequently reported crime at 4,885 offenses.

  • Crimes against persons increased by 3.4%, but crimes against property decreased by 9.1%.

  • More crimes occurred on Friday than any other day of the week and most resulted in no injury to the victim.

  • 51% of the time, the relationship between the offender and victim was acquaintance.

The TBI said by understanding the characteristics surrounding school crime and its offenders and victims, policy makers, law enforcement, and the public can better understand how to combat crime at these institutions.

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