Reported campus crimes drop in 2010; robberies fall to zero

Targeted efforts lead to more drug, alcohol arrests

Reported crimes on the Lawrence campus declined again in 2010, yet arrests for drug and alcohol violations increased thanks to a targeted effort, according to the Public Safety Office.

Fewer incidents of assault, theft and robbery accounted for the majority of the decrease on campus. No robberies were reported in 2010, a marked decrease from the eight reported in 2009.

“The department took a very proactive stance in 2010, placing uniformed and plainclothes officers in the areas where the robberies had occurred in 2009,” Chief Ralph Oliver said. “Being able to have a greater presence in those areas really made a difference.”

Additionally, Public Safety officers participated in a grant-funded initiative titled Project ID, whose primary focus was to educate minors, bar owners and liquor store owners about the hazards and consequences of using fake identification cards. As part of the project, several arrests were made for minor in possession and possession of a fake ID. The grant was obtained by DCCCA. Other law enforcement agencies participating included the Lawrence Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Reported crimes are down 22 percent since 2000. A full listing of crime statistics from 2000 to 2010 can be found at ku.edu/~kucops.

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