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Report: UNM ranks #1 in nation’s schools for vehicle thefts

July 8, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico reportedly ranks among the top schools in the country for vehicle thefts.

The Albuquerque Journal reports UNM had 140 stolen vehicles or attempted vehicle thefts in 2016, the most recent year for compiled numbers.

That ranks the school ahead of the other 11,250 post-secondary campuses that report data to the federal government.

The University of South Carolina in Columbia was a distant second to UNM with 65 stolen vehicles with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas third at 50 thefts.

UNM officials say the number is likely to rise in the 2017 report expected this fall.

They say the indications point to an uptick of around 30 percent.

But security is being beefed up at UNM with more lighting, cameras, increased bike patrols and other measures.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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