Crime dipped in 2012 at U of M

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Crime incidents at the University of Minnesota fell 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, WCCO reports.

Serious crimes, which include rapes, thefts and robberies, dropped 16 percent during that time, WCCO says.

The one-year dip is part of a gradual decrease in crime in the last decade, Chuck Miner, deputy chief of the University of Minnesota Police Department said. He said that there were 350 fewer crimes committed last year than in 2004.

Despite the trend, university officials warn people on campus to be wary of their surroundings. In early September, when there were three separate robberies and four people beaten in the span of a week, university officials warned students not to get distracted by their cell phones, which might make them an easier target.

The university keeps an online daily log of crime.

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