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A close look at campus crime trends


UA campus crime statistics come into question with the University of Arizona Police Department’a release of its 2015 annual Campus Safety, Security and Fire Safety Report later this week.

UAPD releases an annual report of all crime that occurred on the UA campus. From sexual assault to alcohol infractions, various categories of crim can be viewed online by anyone.

The 2015 version of the annual report is available Thursday, said Sgt. Filbert Barrera, the public information officer for UAPD.

In the most recent issue, published in the fall of 2014, campus crime had seen an increase in almost every category of offense.

The 2014 annual report has a record of all crime that occurred on campus from 2011 to 2013, and numbers generally increased in that period. Until the updated 2015 report is published, it is unclear if the crime increase is an ongoing trend.

Some students are unsettled by the data that seems to show a rise in crime in recent years and will proceed with caution while on campus.

Ryan Williams, a biology freshman, explained his thoughts and feelings about UA campus safety in relation to previously published crime data.

“It makes me feel a little uneasy because, especially late at night, when I’m walking home alone, my safety is a concern,” Williams said. “Now that I hear that it’s been rising, it’s kind of scary.”

Other students, however, are not as concerned about campus crime.

Kristine Jones, a public health junior, said she feels fairly safe on campus even after learning about the rise in campus crime.

“[I] feel pretty safe, even though things happen,” Jones said. “I don’t know anyone that has had any problems, … although I do know that some of my friends—they did get robbed. But it wasn’t on campus.”

While the UAPD is currently unable to quantify the crime at the UA until next week’s publication, Barrera said that thieves have always been a problem on campus.

He said he urges students to combat thieves by registering their bikes with Parking and Transportation Services, and taking photos of valuables in the event of stolen items.

Barrera also advises students to download the LiveSafe app on their smartphones. The app gives users direct contact with UAPD and other resources on campus.

In regard to staying safe on campus, Barrera encourages students to always have a plan and to be aware.

“The main focus is to have a plan for everything [and] have a plan to be safe,” Barrera said. “Know where you’re going and pay attention to your surroundings.”

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