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Crime is down slightly based on a report released by Campus Safety Chief Randy Melton.

The report is released annually as a part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The statistics show offenses reported to Campus Safety and the Tyler Police Department.

The report shows a spike in liquor law violations on campus from seven in 2006 to 15 in 2007. Another increase in the report is vehicle theft up from zero in 2006 to two reported in 2007.

Other crimes have also seen a drop in the past year. Burglaries have dropped from 17 in 2006 to seven in 2007.

“I feel pretty safe,” said education major Elisa Doyle. “I don’t really feel that unsafe on campus.”

Even though she feels safe on campus Doyle said she does take precautions.

“I don’t like to leave stuff around, like my purse,” said Doyle.

Chief Melton agrees that students should be aware of their surroundings at all times.

“I tell students these days and times anything can happen any place anytime,” said Melton. “Be aware of your surroundings. We feel much safer here than at the mall.”

Melton urges students and faculty to follow simple steps to keep them “crime-proof” on campus.

“Don’t leave iPods visible. Don’t leave your purse visible in the front seat of your car. Take it with you, put it in your trunk. If you’ve got one of these stereos with faceplates that detach, detach your faceplate,” said Melton.

Occupational therapy major Caitlin Bolin said she takes special steps to protect her belongings from a potential thief.

“I hide my stuff in my car,” said Bolin. “I usually have my musical instruments, my artwork, CDs.”

Chief Melton urges students to also keep their dorms or apartments safe by not letting roommates or suite mates know where jewelry, cash or other valuables are stored.

Melton said everyone needs to be aware and alert, and if they spot anything suspicious to call Campus Safety immediately.

To report an incident, call Campus Safety Dispatch at 2222 on campus or (903) 510-2222.

City of Tyler CrimeStatistics:

Offense Type

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Change from

Previous Year

Homicide

8

8

11

5

2

-60.00%

Sexual Assault

39

50

50

41

47

+14.63%

Robbery

147

133

172

110

133

+20.91%

Aggravated Assault

519

352

343

409

433

+5.87%

Burglary

994

1061

1116

842

844

+0.24%

Theft

4021

3547

3414

3290

3425

+4.10%

Auto Theft

267

229

189

169

148

-12.43%

Simple Assault

1646

1395

1293

1552

1514

-2.45%

Forgery

522

580

483

301

383

+27.24%

Fraud

272

301

599

612

678

+10.78%

Embezzlement

56

33

27

79

115

+45.57%

Criminal Mischief

1414

1053

1174

1338

1297

-3.06%

Weapon Law Violation

77

59

76

72

70

-2.78%

Prostitution

1

10

4

2

6

+200.00%

Sex Offenses

50

54

66

100

70

-30.00%

Drug Violations

707

683

821

771

831

+7.78%

Family Offenses

17

10

18

28

67

+139.29%

DUI

400

419

420

360

414

+15.00%

Liquor Law Violation

48

48

40

39

47

+20.51%

Public Intoxication

403

402

366

316

335

+6.01%

Disorderly Conduct

109

57

80

50

69

+38.00%

Runaways

224

217

237

238

237

-0.42%


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Tyler Junior College CrimeStatistics:

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2007

Change from Previous Year

Sexual Offenses

0

0

Robbery

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

-1

Burglary

7

-10

Vehicle Theft

2

+2

Arson

0

0

Possession of a Weapon

0

0

Liquor Law Violations

15

+8

Drug Possession

2

-1

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2006

Sexual Offenses

0

Robbery

0

Aggravated Assault

1

Burglary

17

Vehicle Theft

0

Arson

0

Possession of a Weapon

0

Liquor Law Violations

7

Drug Possession

3

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2005

Sexual Offenses

0

Robbery

0

Aggravated Assault

0

Burglary

5

Vehicle Theft

3

Arson

0

Possession of a Weapon

0

Liquor Law Violations

10

Drug Possession

5

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2004

Sexual Offenses

0

Robbery

0

Aggravated Assault

1

Burglary

5

Vehicle Theft

0

Arson

0

Possession of a Weapon

0

Liquor Law Violations

4

Drug Possession

4

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