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Crime Rate Still Low, Says Second Quarter CP Report

By Naveen Sunkavally
NEWS EDITOR

Crime on campus and around the Institute is occurring at roughly the same low rate as last year, according to the 1999 Campus Police mid-year crime report.

Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin said that low crime rate at MIT matches a general decline in crime at local and national levels. “In general the trend is that crime has been down, indicative of the community and [in accord with] local and national statistics,” Glavin said.

Glavin attributed the low rate to a dedicated community policing program started last year. The program aims to use “a combination of directed patrols, crime prevention programming, and problem solving” with members in the target area.

For example, a pilot project during the first six months of the program targeted at the E-51 area produced a “very good downward trend” in the number of larcenies,” Glavin said.

Crime Totals

Sixteen serious crimes, which include homicide, forcible sexual offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, occurred on campus and in dormitories and residences during the first six months of this year, compared to 30 for all of last year.

The number of larcenies committed last year was 290 and 84 arrests, mostly for trespassing, were made during the first half of this year, compared to 287 larcenies and 71 arrests during the first six months last year. There were a total of 723 larcenies in 1997 and 701 larcenies in 1996. The number of hate crimes last year and this year so far is zero.

The only statistic to change significantly from last year is the number of liquor and drug violations dealt with by the Campus Police. During the first half of this year, 16 liquor violations and 11 drug violations occurred on campus (including dormitories but not fraternities), more than the total given out for all of last year.

“I think there is a perception in the student community that we give out hundreds of these [violations],” Glavin said. In reality, the level of violations dealt with hasn’t changed much, she said.

The first and second quarter crime reports for this year can be found at <http://web.mit.edu/cp/www>.