WVU Crime Stats Show 3-Year Drop In Violent Crime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- The number of violent crimes at West Virginia University dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, while property crimes fell dramatically.

WVU posted statistics for the past five years on its web site Wednesday to comply with a federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose campus crimes.

The statistics show 73 violent crimes were reported last year, compared with 78 the year before and 79 in 2007.

The low for the period was 2006, with 52.

Property crimes fell from a high of 454 in 2005 to 353 in 2008, and just 201 last year.

Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education criticized WVU for failing to properly report crime statistics in 2001.

WVU said at the time it had corrected the problem.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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