Crime facts shared at council meeting

By Eric Heisig

Area police departments are now taking a more active role in educating University students about crime on campus.

During a study session for the Champaign City Council Tuesday night, the Champaign Police Department presented information on how crime is dealt with across the city, including Campustown, and how victims can better protect themselves.

Champaign Police Lt. Brad Yohnka, whose district includes the University, talked about the problems the area has had in the past couple of months, including the recent sexual assaults which have occurred on campus. While no arrests have been made for the assaults, Yohnka said the police have a few leads with the case.

“We have reason to believe that the suspects could be the same person,” Yohnka said.

The police department presented the Council with a flyer designed to inform students about the crime presence around the University. According to the flyer, 197 crimes against a person have been reported in the campus area in 2006 and 2007, the most common of these being aggravated battery, with sexual assault the second most common.

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Champaign City Council meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the City Building, 102 N. Neil St.