University crime down during 2006-07 school year

By Steve Contorno

Amid the recent exposure of crimes on campus from high profile figures, crime in the area is actually down across the board, according to the most recent reports conducted by the University Division of Public Safety.

The University reported four less robberies during the span on Sept. 1, 2006 to May 13, 2007, down to 39 from 43. It also said Peeping Tom and public indecency crimes declined over 50 percent, citing only six.

But Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Christensen said in a press release that it is not time for students and community members to let their guard down.

“Even though the number of reported crimes declined within the campus reporting district, we shouldn’t have a false sense of security,” Christensen said. “It is imperative that members of our campus community continue to adhere to good safety practices to help reduce crime.”

No homocides were reported during the period. According to the report, most crimes committed in the past school year were in areas near or around the University, but not actually on campus.

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