USF campus crime down, officials report
Crime is down on USF's main campus, university officials reported Friday morning.
The number of reported crimes on the Tampa campus dropped nearly 11 percent between 2005 and 2006, from 1,077 to 961. The campus saw big drops in reported burglaries, from 204 reports in 2005 to 112 in 2006; and in aggravated assault, from 15 reports in 2005 to 4 four last year.
“This is an indication of the great work by the USF Police Department, and a trend we like to see,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jennifer Meningall. “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is one of our top priorities, and we take it very seriously.”
But the campus did see one murder last year, and four sexual assaults - two more than in 2005. Motor vehicle thefts are up, as are car break-ins.
USF’s Tampa Campus had about 37,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff last year, a size that challenges the campus police force of about four dozen officers.