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UNC Charlotte Crime Down 30 Percent

Crime on the campus of UNC Charlotte was down 30 percent last year, thanks in large part to a focus on preventing vehicle break-ins. Campus police chief Jeff Baker says theft from cars was a major problem on campus in 2009 with more than 150 incidents. Last year, there were only 27. Baker says police began patrolling parking lots on foot and the school purchased two sky towers to keep an eye on remote locations prone to break-ins. "You have to eliminate the opportunities so that criminals don't see this as easy pickings," says Baker. "We worked feverishly to make the campus as unattractive to a criminal as possible." Baker says other types of crime - including assault, drug possession and weapons on campus - declined more than 30 percent last year. He says UNC Charlotte had a total of 517 incidents for the year compared to 742 in 2010.