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Volume 70, Issue 43, Thursday, October 21, 2004

News

Report: UH crime down overall

Annual report shows liquor law violations up; 
likely due to Bayou Oaks housing complex

By Matt Bean
The Daily Cougar

Despite an overall drop in crime on campus in 2003, the number of liquor law violations increased sharply from the previous year, UH Police Department statistics show.

UHPD released its annual crime report for 2003 on Friday.

It showed a decrease in many crimes from 2002 to 2003, including burglaries, which dropped to 14 in 2003 from 25 in 2002. It was the second consecutive year the number of burglaries decreased, according to the report.

Motor vehicle thefts also dropped to 40 in 2003 from 68 in 2002, while drug-related arrests decreased slightly, to 66 from 73 in 2002.

Although the number of aggravated assaults and forcible sex crimes remained steady at five and four, respectively, arrests for liquor law violations nearly tripled between 2002 and 2003.

In 2003, UHPD reported 135 such arrests; in 2002, the number was 56.

Police attribute that leap in large part to the opening of the Bayou Oaks housing complex at the beginning of the Fall 2003 semester, UHPD Chief Robert Wilson said Monday.

The number of robberies also increased to 21 in 2003 from eight in 2002, the report said. No cases of criminal homicide, negligent manslaughter, arson or hate crimes were reported in 2003.

UH police issue the annual crime report each October in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

The Clery Act, originally called the Student Right-to-Know Act of 1990, was named in 1998 for Clery, a Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.

Clery's parents lobbied for the law's requirements to be expanded and strengthened. The reports, which must be filed by all public and private universities, contain categorical breakdowns of types of crimes, descriptions of law enforcement policy guidelines and procedures and suggested preventative measures.

Universities that do not file Clery reports may be fined $25,000 and could lose their federal funding.

UH's complete report is available online at www.uh.edu/police. A printed copy may be requested from UHPD by calling (713) 743-0590 or e-mailing police@uh.edu.

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