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New crime data suggests there may be a growing problem at UTEP

The UTEP campus is seen in this file photo.
The UTEP campus is seen in this file photo.

EL PASO, Texas -- Coming in at 31 out of over 2000 schools in a national campus safety ranking gave UTEP a reason to celebrate.  They posted the distinction on their police department's website back in 2017.

Fast forward two years and that number has drastically changed.  The Miners now have gone up to 269th.

The organization that tallies the statistics are the National Council for Home Safety and Security.  It gets statistics from the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics.

The student population must be over 15,000 and offer at least a four year academic program.

UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh issued this statement to the ABC-7 I-Team:

“University officials are aware of the change in UTEP’s ranking in the National Council for Home Safety and Security’ listing of the safest colleges in America.

As stated on the ranking’s website, the listing is computed using multiple sources of data, including FBI statistics that also incorporate information about crime rates in the communities that surround each of the listed campuses. Beyond this, UTEP officials do not have any more insight into how these rankings are calculated.

The overall crime rate on the UTEP campus, in fact, is 2.6% lower than it was at this time last year.”

As one student observed to ABC-7, "Just the fact that it is an open campus.  It is so easy to come in and out of." But others remarked about how often they see officers riding bikes around campus.

It is worth noting that there are emergency boxes all over the university that have a blue flashing light on the top of a pole with an emergency phone inside. One click of a button and you can report your emergency immediately and UTEP said emergency personnel will be with you as soon as possible.

Wil Herren

Wil Herren is an ABC-7 reporter who covers both news and sports.



  1. What TYPE of crime is leading the statistical increase?

    Car break-ins or violent crime? Theft or assault?

    Seems to be too many unanswered questions in this write up.

    1. Good questions. The breakdown is available but the reporter just didn’t think it was important enough to show it in his report. And don’t listen to al pendejo. It’s idea of statistics is figuring out how many frijoles are in a cup.

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