East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College experienced an overall drop in crime from 2012 to 2013, which followed a trend of overall crime on campuses across the state being down, according to an annual Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report.
While overall crime is down, reports of burglary and robbery have increased. Burglaries have increased 3.3 percent, from 397 in 2012 to 410 in 2013, while robberies increased from 34 in 2012 to 44 in 2013. The overall category of forcible sex offense increased by 25 percent in 2013 with rape cases increasing from 17 in 2012 to 25 in 2013.
NSCC saw a slight rise in burglaries and forcible sex offenses from 2012 to 2013, going from zero sex offenses in 2012 to one in 2013 and going from no burglaries in 2012 to one in 2013.
ETSU saw decreases in two categories from 2012 to 2013 and an increase in one. The university went from 17 burglaries in 2012 to 12 in 2013 and two forcible sex offenses in 2012 to none in 2013. There was a slight increase in robberies going from one in 2012 to two in 2013.
"You can see we're down in most areas, significantly down, and that's a good thing," said Jack Cotrel, director of public safety and chief of police at ETSU. "What can we attribute it to? Well, that's subjective. ... These things are cyclical. This year we got the bear. Next year the bear may get us."
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