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TBI: Crime on Tenn. College Campuses Way Down

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report says overall crime on college campuses has dropped by more than 11 percent.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press cited the data in reporting that the number of assaults and thefts were down while the number of forcible sex offenses and fraud were up.

The newspaper reports there were 50 forcible sex offenses reported on college campuses in the state in 2013. In 2012, there were 40 and in 2010, there were 28.

Theft reports, which make the majority of crimes reported, dropped almost 16 percent last year while reports of assaults decreased from about 800 in 2012 to 686 in 2013.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn says he hopes the numbers help college officials and law enforcement as they battle crime on campus.