TU Campus security releases 2015 Crime and Safety Report

The TU Department of Campus Security prepares an annual Crime and Fire Safety report in order to comply with the Clery Act. The recently released report can be found on the Campus Security section of TU’s website.

The report provides a description of TU as well as a description of the Department of Campus Security and their resources. Campus Security does vehicle, foot and bike patrols, and their call center is available 24 hours per day. The report also includes a description of safety resources on campus such as the blue phones, bus services, safety escort service, self-defense classes and emergency phone service.

Most of the first part of the report focuses on Campus Security procedures for reporting and dealing with crime. This includes a lengthy and detailed description of resources and procedures for reporting sexual assault. Instructions are given for where and when to report crime.

The report also details TU’s Timely Warning Policy for notifying students of emergency situations, as well as a number of tips to prevent identify theft, on-campus safety, safety in social situations, and home safety.

TU’s alcohol and drug policy, as well as the ID policy, missing student policy and weapons policy are listed in the report.

The second half of the Crime and Fire Safety report is dedicated to University crime statistics. The report covers statistics from the most recent complete year (2015) as well as the two preceding years (2013-2014). Recorded crimes, including attempts, are listed by year, then categorized by whether or not they were committed by a resident and whether or not they were committed on campus.

Overall, TU claims relatively low crime rates. The crime boasting the highest rates is larceny. The report lists 57 counts of larceny in 2013, 57 in 2015, and then nearly doubles to 95 counts in 2015. These were all committed by non-residents. Larceny committed by residents is not listed in the report.

The second most frequently occurring crime is referrals and arrests for drug and alcohol violations. There were 46 referrals for liquor violations in 2013, 52 in 2014 and 86 in 2015. Similarly, there were 11 referrals for drug violations in 2013, 27 in 2014 and 43 in 2015. Notably, the drug violation category lists more arrests — six in 2013, two in 2014 and two in 2015, with many occurring off campus.

Motor vehicle theft also seems to have risen, with two counts in 2013, three counts in 2014, and 11 counts in 2015. Again, all were committed by non-residents.

Burglary rates have gone down. The report lists nine incidences of burglary in 2013 and nine in 2014, all committed by residents. There are only two listed for 2015, also committed by residents.

Rates of sexual assault appear to have remained consistent. The report differentiates between “Forcible sex offenses” and “Non-force sex offenses.” The number of non-force sex offenses is listed as 0 in all categories for each year. In 2013, there were three on-campus forcible sex offenses and one off-campus offense, all committed by residents. In 2014, there were nine on-campus offenses — six committed by residents and three committed by others. In 2015, there were five counts of forcible sex offenses on-campus, all committed by residents.

Notably, the report lists one murder/homicide committed or attempted by a resident on main campus in 2014. It also lists one count of on-campus arson in 2014, as well as one religiously-based hate crime committed by a non-resident in 2014, and one count of aggravated assault committed by a resident in 2013.

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