The University of New Mexico, in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education, has released its crime statistics for 2009. 

*Although not required to do so UNM chose to report DWI statistics for 2007 and 2008, however federal guidelines prefer DWI's not be reported, as a result they are not included in 2009 statistics.   

UNM Police Chief Kathy Guimond says UNM police did targeted drug initiatives in the 2008-2009 academic year which may have contributed to a change in the number of drug arrests.  "These statistics fluctuate from year to year," she said. "It's also important to remember that we have a constantly changing student population which can have an impact on crime statistics."

Guimond says motor vehicle thefts may have decreased in part because a change in state law increased sentences for this type of crime.  She also pointed out that current Albuquerque Police Department property crime statistics show a decrease in property related crimes and UNM crime statistics may reflect the city-wide change.

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