TBI Report Reflects U of M's Continued Safety Record

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey

March 24, 2015 - For the second consecutive year, the University of Memphis has the lowest crime rate of the ten large universities, both public and private, in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 2014 Crime on Campus report, the U of M had an incident rate of 14.6 per 1,000 campus population. Only one other institution, East Tennessee State University, had a rater lower than 20. The average for the ten large schools was 24.7 incidents per 1,000. Large campuses are those with more than 5,000 students.

The full report is available online at http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.

"The tremendous work of our officers and investigators, and the assistance from our students, faculty and staff, have helped us maintain our great campus safety record," said Bruce Harber, U of M chief of police.

Contributing to the consistently low incident rate is the University's Police Services Department; the use of technology, including more than 600 Internet-based video cameras; and the U of M's steadfast commitment to safety.