NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Crime rates on college campuses in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region were mostly static last year.

The Daily Press in Newport News reported this week that crime declined at Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport University and Hampton University.

The stats come from this year’s Crime in Virginia report. It was released earlier this summer by Virginia State Police.

Incidents were up at Norfolk State University. But police chief Troy Covington said that’s the result of more officers patrolling the campus and more accurate reporting.

Experts point out that Virginia’s college crime report may not show the whole picture. For instance, students may be reporting crimes to local police, or not at all.

Sexual assaults are also hard to track because they’re often underreported.

Information from: Daily Press,