Criminal offenses at FSU have increased from 2010-12, report shows

Michael B. Murphy


This fall, Campus Police released its annual campus crime report, which revealed that the number of burglaries and aggravated assault o:enses at FSU increased in the calendar year of 2012 compared to previous years.


The number of burglaries at FSU jumped from nine in 2011 to 14 in 2012. In 2010, the number of burglary offenses were only five.


Aggravated assaults have also risen over the last three years. While there were no reported offenses in 2010 of aggravated assault, there was one reported o:ense in 2011 and two in 2012.


The report, part of The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also indicates that there were four forcible sexual assault o:enses on campus in each of the last three years.


The number of arrests on campus was also listed in the report. In 2012, there were three arrests for drug abuse violations, two of which occurred in residence halls, and 11 liquor law violation arrests, all of which occurred in residence halls.


Enacted in 1990, the Clery Act is a federal law named after a 19-year-old Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student in 1986. It requires that all colleges and universities which are involved in federal Financial aid programs record and disclose information annually regarding crime that takes place on and near their respective campuses.


The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s crime statistics report revealed a three-year increase in forcible sexual assaults. In 2010, there were 12 reported. That number jumped to 15 in 2012.


UMass Amherst has seen a drop in aggravated assaults from 2010 to 2012. The number of burglaries from 2011, which was 32, increased to 59 in 2012.


Bridgewater State University saw a decrease in forcible sexual assaults. There were three in 2010 and one in 2012. The number of aggravated assaults and burglaries dropped from 2011 to 2012.


Westfield State University’s annual security report shows a rise in forcible sexual assaults, Five in 2011 and seven in 2012, over the last three years but a drop in burglaries, five in 2011 and one in 2012. There were no reported aggravated assaults in 2012.


UMass Dartmouth reported five forcible sexual assaults in 2012, up from two in 2011 and burglaries have increased over the last three years from 19 in 2010 to 29 in 2012.


UMass Lowell saw a drop in forcible sexual assaults and aggravated assaults from five in 2011 to two in

2012.

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