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Campus crime rate drops, continuing 10-year trend

April 3, 2007

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KU reports decline in campus crimes

New numbers from KU's Public Safety Office show a decline in reported crimes on campus - continuing a decade-long trend. Enlarge video

Crimes reported on Kansas University's Lawrence campus dropped in 2006, continuing a decadelong trend, KU's Public Safety Office reported Monday.

"I think, overall, we're a safe campus compared to other schools," student body vice president Melissa Horen said.

The total number of reports dropped from 770 in 2005 to 737 in 2006.

While crimes in some categories declined, others remained steady or increased in 2006.

Reports of burglaries increased more than 14 percent to 127 in 2006, driven mainly by an increase in the number of reported automobile thefts.

Reports of larceny and thefts rose from 291 in 2005 to 295 in 2006, with more reports of thefts from buildings, vehicles and of vehicle parts.

The number of reported assaults dropped by one from 33 in 2005 to 32 in 2006. Reports of drugs and narcotics dropped nearly 25 percent to 34 last year.

KU Public Safety Capt. Schuyler Bailey attributed the overall trends to the work of the entire campus community.

"Everybody's on the same page," he said.

Public Safety Chief Ralph Oliver said educational programs, security cameras and support from university administrators also were factors in the campus' declining crime statistics.

Comments

Fatty_McButterpants 7 years, 8 months ago

I know someone that used to work up there. He said that the cameras sucked. They were way overpriced and you couldn't see squat with them at night - unless the people were directly under a light.

machiavelli 7 years, 8 months ago

These stats are lies, and KU"PD" is nothing more than a security force for the athletic teams.

If athletes truly had to play by society's rules, we wouldn't have enough left to start a damn team on the field. They would all be doing time in jail.

They are the cause of 90% of the crime on campus, and the KU"PD"'s sole purpose is to cover up and minimize such crime.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 8 months ago

When I was in the J school at KU in the 80s, someone had created a very interesting map of Lawrence that showed where the most violent crimes were committed. It was color-coded, and I remember that blue was the color for the highest crime rate. If you looked closely, you would see the only small blue patch in the middle of the map: the courtyard of Jayhawk Towers, where the football players lived.

Bubarubu 7 years, 8 months ago

hawk, look up KU's states every year in their federally-mandated Clery Act report. Every college and university receiving federal money has to generate one every year.

my2cents 7 years, 8 months ago

I know a lot of ex-police officer's that use to work for KU. "Ex" being the key.

Funny thing, how alot of them say they quit, left or found another job b/c of the Sgt's, Cpt's and Administration telling them not arrest, not be proactive, or do anything that makes the University look bad.

KU wants police officer's just to say that they have them, Public Relations. Makes parents feel safe. But they really don't want them to do anything to make the stats go up. That would be bad thing, since it is mandatory that they report all crimes in Campus.

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