Tuesday, October 5, 2004 DPS Crime Statistics Fail To Reflect Reality

To the Editor:

In the Oct. 1, 2004, issue of The Hoya, the lead story (“Campus Sees Decrease in Reported Crime,” A1) describes how the campus has seen a decrease in reported crimes. This seems to be a vast misjudgment by the Department of Public Safety.

The Hoya then ran another story on the front page about an alumnus who was held up at knifepoint (“Georgetown Alum Robbed at Knifepoint,” The Hoya, Oct. 1, 2004, A1), which seems somewhat ironic and contradictory to the initial claim by DPS of having a safer campus.

This year alone, it seems there have been more attempted robberies with weapons and assaults in the Georgetown area as well as on campus in places such as Red Square. These are preventable crimes and DPS and Metro need to work together more effectively. These crimes seem to be a weekly occurrence, which is unacceptable and irresponsible.

The statistics may show a decrease in crimes but those may be skewed. I know a lot of people feel less safe on this campus than they did two years ago and that needs to be more aggressively addressed.

Alex Wayman (MSB ’05)

Oct. 4, 2004

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