Crime is down across ASU campus, police said after releasing crime statistics for 2012.
The report shows a 7.6 percent decrease in all crime on the Tempe campus, with individual decreases in alcohol-related, aggravated assault and arson arrests.
ASU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Hardina said the decrease in crime can be attributed to programs that focus on educating students.
“I think a lot of factors of it has to do with different strategies, enforcement, education and working with other departments on campus to educate students and reduce crime,” Hardina said.
ASU spokeswoman Julie Newberg said in an email that the University has implemented many programs to increase safety on campus.
“The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors is the University’s top priority,” Newberg said. “ASU has extensive programs and services in place and is continuously monitoring and improving them.”
ASU saw a decrease in alcohol-related crime in 2012, with arrests decreasing by 22 percent and violations referred for action down by 12 percent across all campuses, according to the report.
Hardina said this specific decrease is a result of working with residential halls to cut down on issues within dorms.
“It’s not just a police issue,” Hardina said. “It’s residential life, the hall staff staying on top of students doing things inside their residence halls that they should not be doing, loud noises and parties, which is reducing the drinking in the residence halls.”
While many areas did see a decrease in crime, all campuses saw an increase in theft and burglary, the report shows.
Tempe saw 28 more burglaries in 2012, a 40 percent increase from the previous year, according to the report.
According to the report, the Downtown, West and Polytechnic campuses saw a 42, 33 and 70 percent increase in theft, respectively.
This translates to a relatively small 4.5 percent increase across all campuses, because each campus, excluding Tempe, has fewer students and fewer number of incidents.
Another area in which crime increased is in drug-related arrests with ASU Police arresting 296 students in 2012, according to the report.
This shows a approximately 62 percent increase from the previous year, when only 183 students were arrested, according to the report.
Stewart Adams, crime prevention specialist for ASU, said the Crime Prevention Unit is the “proactive” unit of ASU Police and works to prevent crime on campus by giving safety presentations and checking the campus for safety.
While Crime Prevention Unit is very active on campus, the unit’s efforts are hard to measure, because prevented crimes are not able to be measured, Adams said.
“I think some students have benefited from us being out there,” Adams said. “It’s hard to measure that.”
Global studies senior Drake Bradley said he has seen very little crime on campus while he has been at ASU, and he only really hears about bike thefts.
However, Bradley said he felt ASU Police was doing all it could to prevent crime and that it was doing an acceptable job.
“There’s probably things like sexual assault, but I don’t know what they would do that they aren’t already doing,” Bradley said. “If they aren’t doing everything they can, then that’s an issue.”
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