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Urbana University

579 College Way
Urbana, OH 43078-2091

General Phone: 937-484-1301
Financial Aid Phone: 937-484-1355
Sector: Private nonprofit, 4-year or above
Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges--General

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Alcohol still plays big role in crimes - Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette

By STEVE BAUER © 2005 THE NEWS-GAZETTEPublished Online October 17, 2005 CHAMPAIGN – Alcohol continues to be a major factor in assaults and batteries in the University of Illinois area. Data compiled by UI police show there were 142 aggravated assaults and batteries between Sept. 1, 2004, and Aug. 31, 2005. That's up 28 percent from 111 such crimes in 2003-2004. In the most recent period, alcohol was a factor for 73 of the victims and 98 of the suspects. That's consistent with past years, according to Assistant UI Police Chief Krystal Fitzpatrick. "Each year, we are trying to educate new people about drinking responsibly," Fitzpatrick said. "Personal responsibility has a lot to do with personal safety." Good safety practices include walking in groups at night and staying away from isolated, poorly lit areas, she said. Being aware of surroundings is a key way to avoid trouble, according to Fitzpatrick. Behaviors that make people easier targets for criminals include consuming too much alcohol or wearing headphones that prevent hearing someone approach. "Criminals are going to pick the people that they think will make the easiest victims, regardless of their sex," Fitzpatrick said. People can also reduce their risks of becoming - more available