Statistics show a drop in crime, perhaps due to the ongoing pandemic, according to the UTC Public Safety report that was released this week.

Information in the report allows UTC students and staff to understand what crimes happened on and off campus as well as updated protocols. 

In 2020, UTC Police recorded 11 burglaries, a drop from the 17 reported in 2018.

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Emergency Services Robie Robinson believes the drop was due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We were curious to see what effect the pandemic would have on this report,” Robinson said. “We do think the pandemic had an effect on the number of crimes reported.”

For comparison, The University of Alabama Huntsville, a school of similar size to UTC, reported 11 counts of burglary in 2018 and eight in 2020. 

“It's a requirement that we put that out there so that people can see those statistics,” Robinson said. “It’s one of the times that we can compare it to years past. It’s a reassuring thing to see that.”

All crimes, including rape, aggravated assault, and motor vehicle theft, saw a drop compared to the previous year. UTC also saw its first case of arson in the last 3 years. 

The report also outlines how the UTC Police Department operates. 

UTCPD employs both full-time and part-time sworn police officers that receive a minimum of 420 hours of police training. All officers must have graduated from an accredited police academy. 

Forty-one sworn uniformed officers patrol the campus continually and provide their safety services by car, foot, and bicycle. There are also 51 non-sworn patrolmen which include contracted security officers and students employed by UTCPD. 

UTCPD received accreditation in 2019 from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation program. This organization sets standards that all are expected to follow and UTC is one of four university police programs in Tennessee to receive accreditation.

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