DPS Releases Yearly Crime Data
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 02:10
According to the Department of Public Safety’s 2012 annual crime report, overall crime has dipped at Georgetown’s main campus but tripled at the Law Center campus in downtown D.C.
The report, which was released Saturday, highlights crime trends between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2011, at the two D.C. locations and three overseas campuses: the McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Alanya, Turkey, Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy and the School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. The annual crime report is published annually in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which mandates that all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs make public information about crimes committed on their campuses.
According to the 2012 report, overall crime at the university’s main campus, which does not include theft or citations for possession of alcohol, drugs or weapons, has dropped by 16 percent between 2009 and 2011. In 2009, there were 54 reported crimes; that number fell to 51 in 2010 and then 43 in 2011.
In particular, instances of hate crime dropped dramatically between the 13 reported in 2009 and the two reported in 2011. However, burglary surged almost 30 percent between the 27 cases in 2009 and the 35 in 2011, peaking at 38 incidents in 2010.
Non-arrests for drugs, alcohol and possession of weapons, which are handled by the university’s Office of Student Conduct, peaked at 483 in 2010 before dropping over 32 percent to 365 in 2011. Alcohol violations composed the majority of these incidents in all three years. Meanwhile, cases in which students were arrested for drugs, alcohol and possession of weapons doubled from three to six incidents between 2010 and 2011; all incidents in both years were drug-related.
In addition, reported crimes spiked substantially at the Law Center, more than tripling between 2010, when there were three reported cases, and 2011, when there were 11.
Theft, which is not included in the overall crime statistic because reporting thefts is not mandated by the Clery Act, increased at both D.C. campuses in 2011, jumping from 170 to 219 cases on the main campus and from 17 to 22 incidents at the Law Center.
The report cites no crimes at the university’s McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies in Alanya, Turkey, at Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy or at the Doha, Qatar, campus of the School of Foreign Service in any of the three years.