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Crime rates for September took a slight dip compared to the same month last year, though year-to-date total crime is still up 3.6 percent.

Total crime for September dropped by 3.9 percent, with burglaries seeing the biggest decline, decreasing from 10 last year to two this year.

However, there were nine robberies for the month, up from five last September.

Overall for the year, bicycle thefts have seen the biggest decrease, down 34 percent from 2006, perhaps indicative of the recent emphasis the Division of Public Safety has put on bike theft prevention. DPS has encouraged students to register their bikes and secure them with stronger locks and increased lighting and surveillance around bike racks.

The number of thefts and robberies are both up for the year, however.

A summary of crime rates for September:

n Simple assaults dropped from four to one.

n General thefts rose by 24 percent from 37 to 46, and are up 15 percent for the year.

n Aggravated assault levels remained the same as last September, but are down for the year from 22 to 14.

n Robberies increased from five to nine, and are up for the year from 50 to 59.

n Bike thefts dropped from 19 to 15.

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