New Jersey Colleges Release Crime Statistics on Federal Web Site. (NEWS WATCH

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New Jersey Colleges Release Crime Statistics on Federal Web Site (AP)

For the first time, anyone who wants to examine crime statistics from colleges and universities in New Jersey and around the country can find them all in one place--the Internet.

Garden State institutions have complied with a new provision of the 1990 campus security law requiring colleges to compile crime statistics to help students and parents gauge campus safety. After years of inconsistent compliance, the 1998 provision--effective this year--required schools to submit their crime figures to the federal government for public release.

As of the end of October, crime figures from Rutgers University, Princeton, Drew University, Kean University, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson University could be found on the Web site.

"This is a way of doing it so everyone can understand, where everyone is doing it the same way, so it's great," said Patrick Linfante, assistant vice president of student affairs at Seton Hall University. He noted Seton Hall's crime statistics have been posted on the university's Web site since before the federal requirement. …