UNCG crime emails increasing, but is crime increasing?

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Some students at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro say they have been getting more emails recently from the UNCG Police Department about crimes occurring on campus.

Raymond Faude, a freshman, says the number of sexual assaults in particular is troubling.

Just this week, so far, there have been two sexual assaults on campus. In both cases, the victims and perpetrators were students.

"I'm surprised at the students here," Faude said. "Because it's something that shouldn't be happening. It's a major problem."

But UNCG Police say the increase of emails is not actually related to an increase in crime. Instead, Major Paul Lester said the police have become more vigilant about sending out emails to students in accordance with The Clery Act. The Clery Act, established in 1990, regulates how campus police departments alert students about crime.

Major Lester said there have been lawsuits against other universities for not alerting students quickly enough under The Clery Act. So, he said that is the reason for UNCG's renewed caution.

"Some schools suffer fines and potentially affect their financial aid if they do not comply with the regulation," Lester explained. "The notices are designed to increase safety by increasing awareness."

Lester said, yes, police have been sending out more emails. But he said crime rates are on par with the average.

"There have been more emails in our effort to be vigilant and comply with federal regulations," he said.

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