Homecoming crime rate dips from last year

The number of complaint calls dropped from 46 to 40.

by Raghav Mehta

Despite the GophersâÄô upsetting loss to the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday and a Friday night Kid Cudi concert that attracted nearly 7,000 students, the University of Minnesota Police Department received fewer disturbance calls over the weekend than during Homecoming 2009, according to University police.
Between Friday and Sunday, UMPD received 40 disturbance calls compared to 46 calls during the 2009 homecoming weekend. The highest number of complaints related to unspecified disturbances, fights and loud parties.
âÄúIt went very smoothly from a police perspective,âÄù University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said.
While University police saw minor declines in unspecified disturbances and complaints of loud partying, reported fights increased from a total of four in 2009 to seven this year. Complaints regarding loud music levels and assaults also witnessed a drop down to one each, compared to three reported in 2009.
Miner said he was satisfied with the reports, but he couldnâÄôt offer a concrete explanation for the drop in disturbance calls.
âÄúItâÄôs hard to say, the weather was pretty decent, sometimes thatâÄôs a factor. IâÄôm not complaining but I donâÄôt have a great answer,âÄù Miner said.