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TBI 2005 report shows fewer crimes reported at APSU campus

(Editors note – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations released last week the 2005 Crime on Campus report. The story below takes a brief look at Austin Peay State Universitys crime activity. To see how a couple of other Tennessee institutions fared, see News in Higher Education.)

Larceny and theft were the most reported crimes at Austin Peay State University during the 2004-05 calendar year, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations 2005 Crime on Campus report released Thursday.
(Editor's note — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations released last week the 2005 Crime on Campus report. The story below takes a brief look at Austin Peay State University's crime activity. To see how a couple of other Tennessee institutions fared, see News in Higher Education.)

Larceny and theft were the most reported crimes at Austin Peay State University during the 2004-05 calendar year, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 2005 Crime on Campus report released Thursday.

Public Safety also recorded 25 assaults; 21 incidents of destruction, damage or vandalism; and 19 drug or narcotics violations, the 2005 report showed. Areas of slight increase were fraud and liquor law violations.

Overall crime activity on campus, though, has declined, based on current and previous TBI statistics. During the 2003-04 calendar year, the number of larceny and theft offenses was higher, with 80 reported on campus. The number of assault offenses also decreased from 33 in 2003-04 to 25 in 2004-05.

Drug and narcotic violations dropped as well.

Director of Public Safety Lantz Biles said prevention measures have improved the overall safety of the APSU community.

“We are starting at the source and trying to develop awareness to the issue in the University community,” Biles said. “We also have increased the use of closed-circuit television in and around the campus area.”

The crime report is compiled by TBI as part of the 1994 College and University Security Information Act, which mandates Tennessee's institutions to report crimes that occur on campus and in student housing to TBI.

A copy of the report can be found on the TBI Web site at www.tbi.state.tn.us.

For more information, contact Biles by telephone at (931) 221-7707 or by e-mail at bilesl@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer