Campus Safety Adds More Officers to Buildings

UTC's Department of Campus Safety has recently made changes to increase security operations on campus&endash;changes that will actually put more safety and security officers in the buildings and on campus grounds where most of the crimes occur.

"We are leaving the number of armed officers at a level we need to address the crimes that occur on this campus. Our first priority has always been&endash;and continues to be&endash;crime prevention on campus and the safety of our people. We simply would not take this action if we felt it compromised that safety in anyway," said Richard Brown, associate vice chancellor of administrative services.

"If you look at crime reports and other data, it is clear that the rates of theft and related crimes are on the rise. On the other hand, UTC's violent crime rate is the very lowest of any major, urban university in Tennessee, according to data gathered and reported by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This refocusing of our security and safety efforts has been done to simply put more people in buildings to act as a deterrent where the crimes are actually occurring."

What the Changes Mean:

  • More uniformed presence in classroom buildings, campus offices, and student resident halls. Seven police officers have been converted to public safety officers and additional contract security officers have been hired.
  • Increased Chattanooga City Police presence. A new agreement between UTC and the Chattanooga City Police will provide closer law enforcement cooperation, including the addition of two uniformed city police officers as part of the new Campus Resource Officers Program. UTC will continue to be the most intensively patrolled neighborhood in Chattanooga.
  • UTC's ability to investigate crimes will remain uncompromised. The campus force has several trained investigators, and this experience will be present on all shifts. As in the past, the force will have access to the investigative resources of local, state, and national agencies as warranted.
  • Armed personnel will continue to be present on campus at all times.

According to data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, UTC's violent crime rate is very low, while theft and related property crimes are concerns:

UT Chattanooga

UT Knoxville

Univ. of Memphis

Vanderbilt

Tenn. State Univ.

Homocide

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

0 / 0

Forcible Sex

0 / 0

7 / .25

1 / .06

7 / 03

0 / 0

Robbery

0 / 0

3 / .11

3 / .17

9 / .38

2 / .2

Assaults

11 / 1.39

80 / 2.86

38 / 2.14

34 / 1.43

19 / 1.87

Burglary, Break & Enter

7 / .88

52 / 1.96

18 / 1.01

20 / .84

9 / .89

Larceny/Theft

181 / 22.83

452 / 16.14

219 / 12.3

659 / 27.79

49 / 4.83

Motor Vehicle Theft

2 / .25

74 / 2.64

21 / 1.18

47 / 1.98

16 / 1.58

Drug, Narcotic Offenses

3 / .38

13 / .46

6 / .34

11 / .46

6 / .59

Vandalism

2 / .25

145 / 5.18

53 / 2.98

93 / 3.92

12 / 1.18

*From the TBI report, "Crime on Campus: A statistical Summary of Crimes Reported on the Campuses of all Tennessee Institutions of Higher Education." The first number is the actual count of crimes in that particular category, by campus. The second number is the rate of that crime per thousand of population (students, faculty, and staff).

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