MU Crime Report Shows Some Gains, Losses

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COLUMBIA - MU students and police officers showed little concern Thursday about the results of the newest crime report issued just a day earlier. The report is required every year by federal law, but this year it showed that reports of forcible sex offenses and arrests for drug-related crimes are up from years past. It also noted a decrease in reports of aggravated assault, burglary, and liquor violations.

MU Police Captain Scott Richardson said he and other officers take the information with a grain of salt. He said this crime report shows slight increases and decreases, leaving little to worry about. In fact, he said while MUPD checks crime reports regularly, it takes another year to be sure the statistics show the real level of crime.

"As a police department we always like to see a decrease in certain crimes. But we, on a monthly and weekly basis, look at crimes as a whole," Richardson said.

Ali Barrett is a freshman at the University of Missouri. She said the recently released crime report didn't really have an effect on how safe she feels about walking around campus--day or night.

"I'm from a small town," Barrett said. "So I'm not used to hearing about stuff like that, but I've never had a run-in with it. I just never feel unsafe walking around."

The police did receive funding from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety for what Richardson called "saturation enforcement," which includes fighting DWIs and liquor law violations. He said this may have made a difference in the number of liquor violations even though he believes the increase in liquor law violations or decrease in liquor law violations will fluctuate.