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TBI reports on-campus drop in thefts, liquor violations

Campus crime data released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed Belmont University had a year-to-year drop in reported liquor violations and thefts in 2012.

The figures, published Wednesday in the TBI’s 2012 Crime on Campus report, also showed a jump in assaults and a stabilization of drug and narcotics violations on campus, although most of the those offenses were considered cleared by the report.

The report showed Belmont’s level on incidents matched the patterns on other Tennessee campuses where crime dropped, yet assaults rose. The seven reported assaults at Belmont, six of which classified lower-level simple ones, were more than what the university had reported in 2009, 2010 and 2011 combined.

At the same time, many of the other categories in the report showed decreases or little change from 2011. The number of larceny and thefts dropped from 60 to 43 in 2012, and the number of liquor violations dropped from 52 to 33. The number of drug offenses increased from 26 to 24 in the same period, but the average number of offenses per 1,000 students rose a third of a percent. All three categories still had more reported offenses in 2012 than in 2010, when the campus population was 16 percent smaller than it was in 2012.

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