Overall Campus Crime Down 27% In Decade; Drug, Sex Offenses Up


Overall campus safety at colleges and universities improved in the decade ending in 2011, while reports of some serious crimes jumped, says the U.S. Education and Justice Departments, according to the Wall Street Journal. Crimes reported on campuses fell 27 percent between 2001 and 2011, though reports of sexual assault rose 52 percent, drug-law violations more than doubled and liquor-law violations rose 52 percent.

“There is good news and bad news there,” said David Esquith, director of the Office of Safe and Healthy Students at the Department of Education. “Part of [the report] is encouraging and part of it is alarming.” The report found a broad decrease in crime at schools for younger students. Reports of theft and violence for students aged 12 to 18 fell to 52 incidents per 1,000 students in 2012, from 181 incidents in 1992. The 2012 numbers represent an uptick from 2010, when theft by students fell to its lowest point, 35 incidents per 1,000 students.

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