Annual campus crime statistics decline in last year

Annual crime statistics show crime declined by 50 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 overall, although reports of dating violence and drug and liquor violations increased slightly.

The number of dating violence incidents reported went from two in 2015 to four in 2016. Drug law violations went from six in 2015 to 10 in 2016. Liquor law violations went from one in 2015 to six in 2016, police Chief Tony Nelson said.

Burglary went down the most in 2016. In 2015, there were 16 cases. Reported. In 2016, there were six, Nelson said.

The report also shows fire statistics. There were two fires in 2016 compared to zero in 2015. The fires occurred at Tech Village apartments and Cooper-Dunn Hall, authorities said.

The statistics in this report came from university police reports, Student Affairs disciplinary records, residence life disciplinary records, campus security authorities, environmental health and safety records and crime statistics from each of the jurisdictional authorities regarding crime occurring on or near properties affiliated with Tennessee Tech, authorities said.

 The information was made available because of the Clery Act that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.

This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.