Annual TBI school crime study released
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual school crime study.
The study looks at the volume and nature of crime on K-12 campuses in Tennessee over 3 years.
From 2015-2017, the TBI says Tennessee law enforcement agencies reported 27,038 offenses with a school location code.
The TBI report says the number of offenses in schools increased 13.5 percent from 2015 to 2017.
The most frequent offense was simple assault accounting for 37.4 percent of the reports, the TBI says.
According to the report, males accounted for 57.3 percent of offenders in reported offenses, females accounted for 52.8 percent of victims, and personal weapons account for 80.1 percent of the weapons.
Personal weapons is described as hands, fist, feet, etc. by the TBI.
The TBI report says the month of September had the highest frequency of report school crimes.
In the release, TBI Director Mark Gwyn says, “This study will hopefully assist law enforcement, school administrations, and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and continue to create awareness that crime exists as a threat to our communities. The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens, as well as law enforcement agencies.”