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CP Report Shows Slight Rise in Crime

By Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporter

Incidents of crime on campus increased slightly over the last year, according to the mid-year Campus Police report. There were more incident calls and arrests, and the serious crime rate rose a small extent.

The mid-year Campus Police report contains statistics for campus, police activity, and services during the period from Jan. 1 through June 30, and comparisons to last year's statistics during the same time period.

The small increase is "not unusual," said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. "The numbers will often level off by the end of the year."

Rise in larcenies

Larceny, the largest crime problem on campus, rose 175 percent from mid-1994 to 372 incidents.

"We always have a problem with open and unattended property," she said. Glavin attributed this in part to the open campus system.

There was a marked rise in the larceny of computer chips, which is due in part to the huge open market for them, Glavin said.

The value of stolen property rose 225 percent and the value of recovered property fell 300 percent.

Bicycle theft rose slightly from 54 in 1994 to 58 this year.

The number of calls for service increased from 768 in 1994 to 974 in 1995.

Eleven of the calls fell in the crimes against a person category, including aggravated and simple assault.

The number of arrests rose only slightly from 26 in 1994 to 28 in 1995.

Hate crimes appeared

Four hate crimes were reported to this year. No hate crimes were reported in 1994.

These crimes are hate incidents where there is a bias against a particular group, and include racist comments, Glavin said.

The Campus Police have seen more hate crimes over the last three years. However, the hate crime rate is still lower than that of other campus, Glavin said.

Twelve bomb or suspicious package incidents were reported by mid-year, a significant increase over 1994.

This rise is due largely to the threat of the Unabomber, Glavin said. "People are more anxious and concerned."

The Unabomber sent threatening letters last year to Phillip A. Sharp, head of the Department of Biology, and Richard J. Roberts of New England Biolabs Inc. who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in medicine.

"We put out notices that said If you're at all suspicious, call us' and the rise in numbers shows that people really listened and were aware," Glavin said.

Safe Ride usage decreases

Safe Ride usage declined slightly to 87,840 riders during the first half of this year. Safe Ride typically has seen yearly increases in usage, and Glavin said that it may be the numbers are levelling off.

The Campus Police handled 986 medical emergencies by mid-year, and provided 801 escorts, including money escorts and personal safety escorts.

The report also shows that the Campus Police assisted in 1,503 lockouts from motor vehicles, academic buildings or laboratories, and living groups.

The Campus Police issued 561 crime prevention notices in 1995, a rise from 172 notices in 1994.

Crime prevention notices attempt to educate and warn the public about the larceny problem on campus, Glavin said. "We're pushing on that hard," this year, she said.