Crime Rate Decreases on Campus

Contact: Kathy Johnson

 

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“This decline in criminal activity is good news for the University of Kentucky. Despite our past staffing issues, we remain truly one of the safest campuses in the United States. I'm extremely proud of our sworn and civilian personnel, who work hard to fight crime and keep our campus safe. We also are fortunate to have many involved and supportive university community members who contribute to our campus safety effort.”

-- Fred Otto,
Police Chief,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2004) -- Compared to 2002 statistics, crime at the University of Kentucky decreased 6.98 percent in 2003, according to information compiled by the UK Police Department.

Violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, rape and robbery, decreased by 25 percent. Of these reported crimes, assaults dropped by 19.51 percent, rapes decreased by 45 percent, and robbery by 50 percent.

Property crimes – burglary, theft and criminal damage reports – decreased by 2.2 percent. These are the crimes most often faced by students, faculty, staff and visitors of the university community.

Drug-related citations and arrests also saw a large decrease, 49.14 percent.

“This decline in criminal activity is good news for the University of Kentucky. Despite our past staffing issues, we remain truly one of the safest campuses in the United States,” said UK Police Chief Fred Otto. “I'm extremely proud of our sworn and civilian personnel, who work hard to fight crime and keep our campus safe. We also are fortunate to have many involved and supportive university community members who contribute to our campus safety effort.”

University Police solved more crimes during 2003 as compared to 2002. UK Police cleared or solved 28.55 percent of all crimes reported, well above the nation’s average clearance rate of 20 percent, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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