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CP’s Annual Report Shows Rise in Crime

By Dana Levine

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

In the recently released Annual Crime Report for 1999, the MIT Campus Police disclosed that crime on campus has increased significantly over the past year.

Last year, there were a total of 611 thefts of personal and institute property, an increase from the 451 incidents which were reported in 1998.

The total number of reported Institute property thefts in 1999 was 89, with the losses having a dollar value of $175,493. Computers and related components were the articles of property which were most frequently stolen.

Personal property thefts increased significantly, with the total number of incidents rising from 313 to 522. The total value of property stolen was $233,741, with electronics and bicycles being the major items that were stolen.

According to the report 68 serious crimes, including homicide, forcible sexual offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, occurred on campus this year, up from the 58 last year. Nine hate crimes were also reported.

This year, the CPs responded to 207 cases of sudden illness and athletic-related emergencies, transporting victims to medical facilities so that they could obtain treatment.

In addition, the department’s Threat Management Unit, which was formed at the end of 1998, handled 12 cases related to threats of violence. The unit also worked with members of the Institute’s Behavioral Situational Assessment Team, allowing the two units to pool their resources to deal with particularly difficult cases.

Disciplinary actions resulting from drug and alcohol-related incidents quadrupled this year, rising from 17 in 1998 to 52 in 1999.

Campus Police Officers recently created the “Pizza and Conversation” program, which allows MIT students to meet officers and to discuss issues relating to law enforcement.

In the spring of 1999, the Campus Police Department began policing the Boston-based FSILGs. In an attempt to introduce the CP’s to the members of these FSILGs, the “Pizza and Conversation” program expanded to include meetings between Campus Police Officers and Boston-based FSILGs.

The annual crime reports for both 1998 and 1999 can be found at <http://web.mit.edu/cp/www>. Related stories:

Campus Crime Act Makes it Tougher For Schools to Withhold Crime Stats
November 6, 1998
Campus Police Acknoweldge Omission of FSILG Crime Stats
April 13, 1998
CP Annual Report Shows Decrease in Thefts
March 18. 1997