TBI releases campus crime report, ETSU and Milligan officials comment

Brandon Paykamian • May 5, 2019 at 7:46 PM

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual Crime on Campus report Tuesday, taking a look at crimes at Tennessee’s colleges and universities in 2018. 

In 2018, East Tennessee State University recorded 23 reports of assaults, four overall forcible sex offenses, two reports of rape, 70 larceny/thefts, seven cases of fraud, 41 cases of property damage and vandalism and 23 drug/narcotic offenses. 

Group B offenses included one bad check, two cases of disorderly conduct, two DUIs, six cases of drunkenness, 26 liquor law violations and two trespassing cases.

In 2017, ETSU reported 28 assaults, five overall forcible sex offenses, three rape reports, 71 larceny/thefts, two cases of fraud, 33 cases of property damage and vandalism and 33 drug/narcotic offenses. Group B offenses included three DUIs, five cases of drunkenness, 23 liquor law violations and one case of trespassing. 

“Overall, ETSU crime statistics show a decrease,” ETSU Public Safety Chief of Police Nicole Collins said in an emailed statement to the Johnson City Press. 

“We will continue to monitor criminal activity closely and we will implement education and programming as needed to minimize future occurrences.”

Milligan College’s small campus had another nearly squeaky clean report for 2018, with just five larceny/theft cases, one motor vehicle theft, two property damage/vandalism offenses and three liquor law violations.

“We appreciate the TBI making the Crime on Campus report available, as we take our reporting responsibilities seriously. We also appreciate the cooperation of the Elizabethton Police Department for their assistance in our campus security efforts and with our statistical reporting. We are fortunate to have a low incidence rate on campus and see this as a reflection of the college's commitment to its core values of scholarship, community and faith,” Brent Nipper, Milligan's director of property and risk management, said following the 2018 report. 

TBI reported a 15.5% crime decrease on Tennessee’s campuses since 2017. Robbery offenses decreased by about half, while the overall category of “sex offenses — non-consensual” decreased by nearly 18%. Rape cases went down more than 10%.

“This report will hopefully assist law enforcement, institution administrators and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and create an awareness that crime exists as a threat in our communities,” TBI Director David Rausch said in a press release.

To take a look at the full report, visit www.tn.gov/tbi.