Annual crime report releases statistics
Alcohol and drug violations remain consistent
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 15:10
The ASU Police Department (ASUPD) released its 2013 Campus Crime and Fire Report that gives all reported crimes and fire statistics from the past three years.
“The annual Campus Crime and Fire report is a very informative resource for students,” said James Adams, director of Public Safety and chief of university police. “It provides information key to their personal safety.”
Statistics in the report vary over the past three years, but alcohol and illegal substance violations remain consistent.
Adams said that university police partners with student groups and campus departments to bring about awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, but police enforcement is only part of the answer in combating these issues.
“University police provide and participate in numerous campaigns throughout the year to educate students on a wide variety of important issues,” Adams said. “In the end, these are personal decisions that are hopefully made from understanding the full scope and impact of a person’s choice.”
Students, faculty and staff receive time-sensitive emergency notifications from the ASUAlert Campus Emergency Notification System through their campus e-mail automatically and have the option to direct these alerts to their mobile devices by providing information on RamPort.
All statistics reports and safety applications can be found on the ASUPD webpage.
The ASUPD makes the annual report available on its website or in print if requested.
Following the federal law, the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,” ASUPD provides an annual report with an overview of its services, emergency preparedness and planning information, and ASU’s crime and fire statistics from the past three years.
Adams said the report only tracks incidents and offenses outlined by the Department of Education (DOE) in the Clery Act, which seeks to emphasize certain types of offenses that impact students most.
The police department tracks all criminal offenses and not those just required by the DOE.
Junior Clinton Robertson said he worried about the crimes not included in the statistic report, though he understands the police doesn’t want students to panic if everything were listed.
“My biggest concern is that everybody knows what’s out there for their safety, like the Lifeline App,” Robertson said. “I know a lot of people don’t actually know it’s out there, and it’s really helpful.”
The report states that university police provides crime prevention and control, criminal investigations, traffic and parking supervision, emergency first aid and the maintenance of public order.
The department offers 24-hour patrol escort protection to the university campus. Sixteen emergency call boxes stationed on campus connect callers with the ASU Police Communications Center.