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Monday, November 29, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 68

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Report shows UH among the safest large campuses By Jim Parsons
Daily Cougar Staff 

Despite recent concerns over campus safety at UH, national campus crime statistics show the University as one of the safest of its size in the nation.

According to the 1998 FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, compiled from police reports from campuses around the country, UH ranks 49th out of the 50 campuses in America reporting 500 or more crimes.

Topping the list in terms of total crimes reported was the University of California at Los Angeles, which reported 31 violent crimes and 1,439 property crimes as opposed to UH's six violent crimes and 497 property crimes.

Among universities in Texas, UH ranked third in terms of reported crimes. Texas A&M University was first, with 800 total crimes reported, followed by The University of Texas with 783. Those schools have 52 and 60 campus police officers, respectively, while UH has 40.

The numbers from last year were not dramatically different from those of 1997, when UH ranked 49th out of 57 schools reporting more than 500 crimes. That year, UH reported seven violent crimes and 532 property crimes.

Awareness of campus safety here has been heightened this semester by three high-profile crimes -- a sexual assault, a robbery and a shooting -- and a report that classified UH's campus community as the 25th most dangerous in the nation based on probability of violent crime.

The FBI statistics are drawn from the 477 colleges and universities that voluntarily furnish their crime rates each year. Sixty-four Texas schools did so in 1998.
 

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