CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - New crime statistics released this week show crime at the University of Cincinnati declined 13 percent in 2009.
The figures compiled by UC Police show crime on campus has been going down over the past 12 years. Off-campus total crime decreased by five percent over the same period.
In FBI-compiled crime stats, UC was right around the level of 800 crimes per year in both 1997 and 1998, beginning a steady decline to 432 crimes in 2009.
Statistics also indicate the school compares favorably with other large, urban universities with a research-intensive mission around the nation. The average crimes committed per every 1,00 students was 3.94 per year at the peer universities in 2008. At UC, that compares to a figure of 2.3 crimes committed per every 1,000 students.
UC Police Chief Gene Ferrara believes the key to the results has been an attempt to educate the campus community.
"We've been engaged in efforts like the HABIT card campaign to reduce auto break-ins, presentations during residence hall orientations at the start of the year and table tent cards in Tangeman University Center and the libraries reminding people of things that make them vulnerable to theft," said Chief Ferrara.