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Published June 20, 2012, 09:32 PM

UND Ranks High On Crime List

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - An online news and pop culture site called The Daily Beast has ranked the University of North Dakota on its list of top "crime-rattled" colleges.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - An online news and pop culture site called The Daily Beast has ranked the University of North Dakota on its list of top "crime-rattled" colleges.

UND is ranked 23rd out of 25, but school officials say the numbers don't add up.

The list was based on a number of crimes. But just to give you an example, Harvard, which ranked 25th, reported one murder and 357 burglaries while UND had no murders and reported only 44 burglaries.

Officials say the only reason UND is even on this list is because of a high speed chase that led to two deaths.

"If you look at most of the statistics, there's no way we should be in the top 25," said UND Spokesman Peter Johnson.

Johnson says the numbers just don't add up.

"To be on this kind of list with this kind of height, it's clearly an anomaly," said Johnson.

He thinks the only reason UND made the list is because of one statistic. A high-speed chase, which led to negligent homicide and the death of two people.

"UND police stopped an individual just on the north side of the Columbia overpass," said Johnson.

But besides that, students agree the campus is safe for the most part.

"To be honest, it's kind of shocking, I mean, we don't really see the face of crime," said student Terrance Pendergrass.

The university's highest statistic is burglary, with 44 reported cases. Students say if they walk around at night, they're prepared.

"I usually talk on the phone to someone so I've never really felt scared or nervous that something might happen to me," said student Jill Andera.

"I've heard of at least a couple cases on campus of men acting in ways that kind of make women uncomfortable," said Pendergrass.

Emergency poles are around campus that students can use to call the police if they're in trouble, but the problem is if someone's following them, they're not going to stop and wait for help.

"We've got those springing up all over campus, sirens all over campus," said Johnson.

Johnson says police are quick to respond in a situation like that.

"We take that very seriously," said Johnson.

And they'll continue to monitor the campus as usual, for in their eyes UND is a safe place.

"I didn't think UND ranked that high as a crime school," said Pendergrass.

According to the report, each crime was weighted on a point system in which murder received the most points and that was the reason UND was on the list.

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