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College Crime Data Posted Online

November 20, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Department of Education put college crime statistics for the year 2000 online Monday, providing data to students and parents for holiday discussion.

The statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported to campus security and do not reflect prosecutions or convictions. It is the second year the federal government has put college crime statistics online in a national database.

Education Secretary Rod Paige said the department worked hard to get the statistics online in time for the holidays, for people who want to talk about college options.

``The security and safety on and around our college campuses is one of several factors they will consider,″ Paige said in a statement. ``This Web site is a powerful tool that will help families make that important decision, providing them with the latest safety records of our colleges and schools.″

The law requires colleges to collect and then distribute crime statistics in an annual report.

The 2000 statistics have not been studied to produce a national picture of crime trends on college campuses.

The last time the government released an analysis of crime on college campuses was an examination of 1999 statistics, released last year.

Fewer homicides were committed on college campuses in 1999, but reports of sexual offenses, robberies and hate crimes increased, among other crimes, the Education Department reported.

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