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Fewer alerts issued

Campus police responsible for issuing alerts admit that they intentionally increased the number last year to heighten awareness of crime. Since then, they appear to have switched to a more limited definition of crimes meriting an alert.

An incident in March, for example, in which a dorm resident returning late at night was stabbed less than four blocks from his destination, was not reported as an alert because it occurred a block outside the university reporting district even though at least one somewhat similar crime outside the district generated an alert last year.

Meanwhile, the university has appropriated more than $1 million for security enhancements in response to concerns raised at the Nov. 12 town hall meeting.

Much of that — $750,000, according to information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act — has gone to security features such as new locks in residence halls (a competitive "business decision," according to the vice chancellor for student affairs) despite the fact that dorms have been the scene of only a small faction of campus crime reported under the federal Clery Act.

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