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Booze arrests on rise at MU

The number went up by 59 percent from 2003 to 2004.
Sunday, October 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:19 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

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Arrests for liquor law violations on MU’s campus increased 59 percent from 2003 to 2004, and drug arrests decreased by 11 percent, according to the 2004 MU Campus Safety and Crime Report released Monday.

The statistics are compiled from arrests made by the MU and Columbia police departments on public property, on-campus residences and MU campus and non-campus buildings or properties.

Liquor arrests on campus have steadily increased the past three years. In 2002 there were 104 arrests, in 2003 there were 181 and in 2004 there were 288 arrests, making increases of 74 percent and 59 percent respectively.

“The number of arrests doesn’t necessarily mean that drinking is up, but getting caught is,” MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said.

Weimer said the department could not identify one sole source for the increase. He added that the department has seen increases and decreases through the years.

There was an 11 percent decrease in drug arrests in 2004, a category that had a 18 percent increase in 2003.

Three hate crimes were reported on campus in 2004, the only three in the report covering 2002-2004. Two of the hate crimes were related to sexual orientation and the other was classified by ethnicity.

Colleges and universities are required to release yearly Clery reports outlining crimes on and around their campuses for the past three years. The law was enacted by George H.W. Bush in the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

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