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Campus crime statistics released

Despite significant drops in security personnel, UTM kept narcotics crime in check, while losing ground in fighting larceny/theft crimes in 2003.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual report title "Crime on Campus" earlier this month. The report compares various crime statistics with other colleges and universities.

Prepared by the UTM Department of Public Safety and submitted to TBI, the report covers such areas as homicide, sex offenses and robbery, among others.

DPS reported an 18-member drop in the number of security personnel on campus, down from 34 to 16.

Drug/narcotic violations saw the steepest drop, down 22 offenses from 2002. The section included 16 itemized violations (down 14) and 10 drug equipment specific violations (down eight).

Larceny/theft offenses gained 17 cases over the previous year.

There were 27 instances of "theft of motor vehicle parts/accessories," eight more than in 2002. Also, there were 28 instances of "theft from building," up 3 from the previous year. Out of all larceny/theft cases, only 13.5 percent had been closed, a 9.3 percent decrease.

In other news: • DPS reported no homicide, kidnapping, stolen property or forcible sex offenses in 2003. • There were 11 disorderly conduct violations, up eight from 2002. • There were six cases of drunkenness and two DUI offenses last year.