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    Crime trends mixed at universities

    ©Associated Press
    November 21, 2001

    Six universities in Florida reported drops in on-campus crime in 2000 compared with 1999, while five reported increases, statistics from the U.S. Department of Education showed.

    Overall, crime decreased 2.3 percent at Florida's 10 state universities and its largest private one, the University of Miami. That was less than the 9.7 percent decrease reported from 1998 to 1999.

    No murders were reported in either period.

    The University of South Florida in Tampa reported a 9.8 percent increase in crime, from 133 incidents in 1999 to 146 in 2000.

    Also reporting an increase was the University of Central Florida in Orlando, up 66.7 percent, from 39 reports in 1999 to 65 in 2000. At the University of Florida in Gainesville, reports dropped 41.1 percent, from 73 to 43. At Florida State University in Tallahassee, crime went down 16.2 percent, from 136 incidents to 114. The private University of Miami in Coral Gables saw incidents drop from 80 in 1999 to 58 in 2000, down 27.5 percent.

    Increases were reported at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, from 119 incidents in 1999 to 185 in 2000, up 55.4 percent; Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, 37 incidents in 1999 and 56 in 2000, up 51.3 percent; and Florida Gulf Coast University, from one crime in 1999 to three in 2000.

    Decreases were reported at Florida International University in suburban Miami, from 96 to 67 reports, down 30.2 percent; the University of North Florida, from 44 to 10 crimes, down 77.3 percent; and the University of West Florida, from 13 in 1999 to six in 2000, down 53.9 percent.

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