Feb 20 2013
06:46 am

So says an employee of Jimmy John's on Cumberland Avenue.

The City of Knoxville is applying for an "Edward Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Grant" to help crime fighting efforts in the Fort Sanders neighborhood by UT's campus.

Aren't there parts of town where crime is worse and could better use this funding?

Tess's picture

It is warranted

Crime is bad around the UT/Cumberland strip/Fort Sanders area. The people at UT and the businesses around it need to be better protected from the criminal element that preys on the population.

metulj's picture

Think of what would happen to

Think of what would happen to the football team!

But, seriously, given what you went through, you are exactly correct.

bizgrrl's picture

I don't doubt that crime is

I don't doubt that crime is bad around Fort Sanders/UT. I'm just wondering if crime stats show there is worse crime elsewhere in Knoxville.

jbr's picture

Knoxville crime map

Looks like a cluster of robberies around that area. Otherwise crime seems somewhat evenly spread around town.

Knoxville crime map

bizgrrl's picture

You are correct. If you take

You are correct. If you take out DUI, Drugs, Alcohol violation, and traffic accidents, there are a lot fewer crimes in the area, with most being on Cumberland. There are a couple of other areas of town that appear to have serious offenses more frequently, but not the number of overall offenses.

Tess's picture

email alerts

Members of the UT community get emails each time there is a (usually armed) robbery or assault in the area.

We get them frequently. The crime map that is linked above looks like it shows incidents that have occurred during the month of February only!

I am sure that the city is responding to requests by business owners for assistance in cleaning up the area. They are getting ready to widen and beautify Cumberland and there are a number of vacant buildings on the strip now. Getting tough on crime is a necessary part of the equation.

metulj's picture

Yeah, there's a lot of stuff

Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that goes down that UTPD handles and never hits the paper. Federal law requires the reporting and some of it goes way beyond fraternity hijinks.

bizgrrl's picture

I do remember someone getting

I do remember someone getting robbed leaving Walgreens on Cumberland. The UT area was a second home to my family. My Mother used to shop along Cumberland all the time. After hearing of the robbery I asked her not to go to the Cumberland area anymore. It's sad it has gotten so bad there. What has contributed to the increase in crime? Lots more apartment complexes?

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