Study: UNCC crime down 30% in last year

Study: UNCC crime down 30% in last year

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 20 at 8:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Crime dropped 30 percent over the last year at UNC-Charlotte, the university reported Monday afternoon.

The university says records from the Police and Public Safety Department showed the steep crime decline from 2010 to 2011.  Vehicle theft was down to just 26 reports in 2011, companed to 84 in 2010 and 151 in 2009.

Robberies from buildings was down 16 percent in the last year, records show.

“We have employed multiple strategies to protect the campus and its stakeholders,” said Jeff Baker, chief of police and public safety in a statement. “With regard to vehicular larcenies, the two sky towers, funded by the chancellor, have proven to be important tools."

Baker noted outreach program participation is up 200 percent in the last year, and he says crime awareness discussions with the student body has helped raised awareness.

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