Crime Rates Around MU Increase in 2011
COLUMBIA - MUPD released its annual Campus Crime and Safety Report Friday, showing an overall increase in crimes against persons. Forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burgarly, and motor vehicle theft were all up from 2010. Those increases occured mostly off campus and were reported to local police. The report is part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990.
MUPD Chief Scott Richardson said he's pleased with the work of MUPD.
"Overall on campus, crimes against persons has not gone up. We work really hard to create a safe campus for the students, and I think we continue to do a good job," he said.
MU senior Emily Babcock said she feels generally safe on campus.
"I see the presence of MU Police, and I think it's great how accesible they are, but I know my friend was nearly assaulted downtown the other night, and it makes me a little more cautious when I'm off campus," she said.
The report includes information about the different classifications of crimes and includes resources about student's rights and crime prevention.
KOMU 8 News reached out to the Columbia Police Department about the report's statistics, but calls were not returned.