UK Crime Report: Violent Crime Down, Theft Still A Problem

Aug 23, 2012

LEXIONGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky police have released their annual Campus Safety and Security Report, which shows that violent crime has decreased over the past year, but three thefts on campus in the past four days show that challenges remain.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says students should be on their guard and do their best not to be too distracted by the commotion.

"You have new students that are coming to campus for the first times and aren't familiar with things. They don't take advantage of the different resources that are provided by the university, as far as escorts, bus transportation. And a lot of them, it's their first time away from home, and they come from small towns. So it's a new learning culture for them," he says.

Monroe says UK police, under the direction of UK president Eli Capilouto, have been working for the past eight months to integrate emergency management functions of the university into their duties. The chief says the increased responsibilities have enhanced the department’s ability to police campus.