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40 years ago: Militancy-related crimes no longer biggest on campus

December 20, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 20, 1972:

Campus police nationwide were reporting that theft had bypassed student militancy as the number one security problem at U.S. colleges and universities. This was confirmed locally by Mike Thomas, director of the Kansas University Security and Parking Division. "In 1970, demonstrations were at the forefront," Thomas said. "In 1971 and 1972 our attention has been on individual crimes, such as theft, vandalism, assault and rape.... Students now are not as hung up in national and international affairs." He offered examples including bicycle thefts, which had doubled in the past year, and burglaries, which had risen from 84 during the 1970-71 school year to 106 in the current year. Thomas added that the role of the Security and Parking Division had changed during recent years from an office concerned primarily with issuing tickets to one involved with crime investigation. "Whenever you have a large number of people in a confined area like this," he said, "there is always crime."


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