Under a 1990 law known as the Clery act, schools must report statistics on certain crimes, including burglaries, to the Education Department, students and staff.
A Wall Street Journal article reports that colleges have been lying on these statistics in order to make themselves more attractive to prospective students. Harvard seems to be the only honest college, reporting 446 burlaries in 2004. Nearby Northeastern University somehow had only five burglaries. I guess Harvard is so confident in its reputation as the best school, it's the only school which doesn't need to lie and cheat. (This is a trend I've noticed in people as well--once people get to the top they can be come honest, but in order to get to the top they had to cheat.)
I've complained before that statistics released by colleges shouldn't be believed because they're not audited by independent auditors, and colleges have the same incentives to cheat as public companies, which we know not to trust--even after audit by independent account firms, scandals involving companies' financial statements keep surfacing. This article proves my assertion that colleges need to be treated more like public companies. All of their statistics need to be audited by independent auditors.