Crime Hits Academic Year Low
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 02:03
On-campus crime hit its low for this academic year, as crime plummeted 41 percent between February and March.
The Department of Public Safety reported 37 incidents this month, compared to 58 incidents in February.
The overall crime decrease was due to a decline in the number of thefts. DPS reported 12 thefts this month, compared with 26 in February.
While thefts declined, burglaries made up a greater share of the total crime. DPS reported seven burglaries this month, compared to two in February and one in March of last year.
The Metropolitan Police Department is handling two burglaries that occurred on March 4 and 5 in the New Research Building and Building D in the Medical Center. Both incidents remain unresolved.
However, perpetrators of a March 18 burglary at St. Mary’s Hall were detained and arrested by DPS and MPD after a late-night chase in Burleith.
A March 12 burglary in White-Gravenor Hall is also being handled by MPD and no suspects have been apprehended.
The number of assaults fell to two incidents, a decrease from February, during which three assaults and one sexual assault were reported.
Drug and alcohol violations remained consistent with previous months, with four and three incidents respectively. All violations were referred to the Office of Student Conduct.