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It’s easier now to find out about crimes on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A group of University of Illinois journalism students have started a new website to provide information about crime on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

Associate professor of journalism Eric Meyer says, CampusCrime.net, which went up Thursday, is an interactive resource providing research and analysis about crime on campus.

UI student Kate Szyszka tells the (Champaign) News-Gazette more than 40 journalism students have been working on the project for more than a month.

The students’ research showed that an increase in violent crime, plus the expansion of crime alerts to the campus community may have created a climate of fear and concern.

Meyer says that although campus crime is not at an historic high, the number of crime alerts is up because the university has changed its policy about sending alerts.

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