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UConn: Increase in some crimes, better reporting cited

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STORRS — A new report shows there was a significant increase in certain crimes between 2013 and 2014 at the UConn main campus in Storrs, including sexual assaults.

But university officials contend the uptick stems from improved efforts to collect information on all known criminal incidents and allegations and stepped-up analysis of the facts of some events.

UConn on Friday posted its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, as required by federal law. Information about branch campuses is also included in the 190-page report. Higher education campuses have until Oct. 1 to post the data.

UConn’s report shows the number of rapes climbed from 18 to 43 between 2013 and 2014.

UConn Police Chief Barbara O’Connor said the university is working to educate people on their reporting responsibilities.

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