TBI Releases School Crimes Study

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its annual study dedicated to crime in Tennessee’s schools.

Produced by TBI’s Crime Statistics Unit, the study spans a three-year period between 2008 and 2010 and is based on numbers submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The state’s first ever school crimes study was released in May of 2009.

The reported number of crimes that occurred at schools decreased by 1.6% from 2009 to 2010 and there was an overall decrease of 3.4% between 2008 and 2010. There were 13,110 crimes reported at schools in 2010 compared to 13,327 in 2009. This report is based on incidents submitted by law enforcement agencies and excludes offenses reported by colleges and universities. Those statistics are compiled in TBI’s “Crime on Campus” report that was released earlier this year.

 “School Crimes Study” Quick Facts

• 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.

It is important to understand the characteristics surrounding school crime and its offenders and victims. This understanding will help schools, policy makers, law enforcement and the public learn how to better combat crime that occurs at these institutions.

To view the “School Crimes Study” for 2010 in its entirety, go to the TBI website at www.tbi.tn.gov. Click on “Crime Statistics” from the homepage, then click on the “Statistical Analysis Center” fly-out. The study is listed under “Specialized Reports” on the Statistical Analysis Center webpage.

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