Added CP Patrolling Nets More ArrestsBy Shang-Lin Chuang
Campus Police activity increased greatly from a year ago, according to the Campus Police third quarter report.
The number of arrests in the third quarter - July, August, and September - rose from 18 last year to 51 this year.
"The police activity is up, and that is a direct result of the things we've done," said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. "We have deliberately conducted intensive policing, and it was very successful."
The rise in the number of arrests is directly correlated with "the directed patrol at particular problem areas," Glavin said. "And the numbers prove that it is very effective."
The number of serious crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, also rose, from 2 last year to 11 this year.
"Crime, like a lot of other things, fluctuates a lot," Glavin said. "There are peaks and there are valleys, it is hard to draw conclusion because we are dealing only with the third quarter, not the whole year."
Campus Police also reported a significant raise of the number of routine check and inquiry stops, from 99 last year to 256 this year.
The number of arrests and routine checks are correspond closely, Glavin said. "We want to see that kind of increase in the number of arrests and checks. It is our goal to have a high level of police activity and a low level of crime."
Campus Police responded to 42 fire alarms this year, compared to last year's 29 fire alarms.
"The number of fire alarms fluctuates a lot," Glavin said. "It is hard to draw any conclusion on the third quarter report. It is the year end result that matters."
Bicycle thefts down from last year
Bicycle thefts during the third quarter of the year decreased by more than 45 percent over last year, from 66 to 36.
"The decrease is exactly how it should be," Glavin said. "We have had a bicycle task force with police officers riding around on bicycles dressing in plainclothes. The number did go down, but the decrease is very logical considering what we have done."
In addition to the statistics on crime, Campus Police reported that Safe Ride usage during the third quarter increased 10 percent, to 25,650 rides this year. However, the total ridership to date, 96,428, is still more than 20 percent less than the ridership last year at the same time.
"We saw a decrease when the service was out-sourced," Glavin said. During that time, the service experienced a difficult transition with vans out of service.
"As a result, there were delays in schedules, and thus, less ridership," Glavin said. "But I would say that it is still a healthy service, especially since the number of riders has increased because of new routes and the return of riders who left during the period of transition."
The number of larcenies, 164, was consistent with past years, valued at $98,000 in stolen property.
Campus Police provided 324 emergency medical services in the third quarter, roughly the same as last year's 397.