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TBI releases studies surveying hate crime, reported crime on school campuses

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports, detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and crime occurring in the state’s schools. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

Among the findings from the "Tennessee Hate Crimes 2015", the overall number of victims of reported bias-motivated offenses increased 48 percent. 

Males (57.1%) were victimized at a higher rate than females (42.9%). In 2015, the number of Damage/Destruction/Vandalism offenses, indicated as being a hate crime, increased 4.9% from the previous year.

In the TBI's "School Crime 2013-2015" investigation, overall, the number of offenses occurring in schools decreased 15.6% from 9,961 offenses in 2013 to 8,408 in 2015.

Simple Assault was the most frequently reported offense, at 36.4% of all reported offenses.

Males were reported to be the offender of 63.6% of offenses. The month of April had the highest frequency of school crimes.

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