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Murray State Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

Matt Markgraf

Murray State University released their 2018 campus crime statistics Thursday as part of the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for 2019.

The report shows data for crimes committed on the Murray campus as well as regional campuses in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, and the Hancock Biological Station. 

At Murray State’s main campus in Murray, five rapes were reported in 2018. This is a fifty percent decrease from 2017. Cases of fondling increased from eight to nine in 2018, and burglary cases increased to twelve from 2017’s eight. Domestic violence cases decreased from five to two, while instances of dating violence went from zero to two. Reports of stalking increased from six to eight. 

2018 saw three arrests for weapons violations on the Murray campus, down from four in 2017. Drug arrests went from thirty-five in 2017 to ten in 2018. Arrests for liquor violations stayed stagnant at five. 

Murray State’s campus in Henderson saw one report of stalking in 2018. The Hopkinsville regional campus experienced one report of burglary.

No crimes were reported in 2018 at the Hancock Biological Station, the Fort Campbell campus, the Madisonville campus, or the Paducah campus. 

The report also details fire safety statistics for the Murray campus. Three fires were reported at Murray State campus housing facilities in 2018. White Hall experienced two fires. Both incidents were accidental. One was a stove fire, while the other was an oven fire caused by a cookie dropped on a coil. No injuries occurred in either incident. 

College Courts, another residential facility, was the sight of the third fire in 2018. An accidental stove fire occurred on September 23rd, 2018, that caused no injuries.

The Murray State Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for 2019 is published in part to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act. The report uses information furnished by Murray State Police.

Dalton York is a Morning Edition host and reporter for WKYU in Bowling Green. He is a graduate of Murray State University, where he majored in History with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. While attending Murray State, he worked as a student reporter at WKMS. A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community.
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