Clery Report released showing crime statistics


Sofia RositaniArts & Entertainment Editor

On Wednesday Sept. 30, Patrick Dilger emailed students the 2020 Clery Report. This report goes back to 2017 and shows the number of different crimes committed on campus.

“Any university that receives federal financial aid has to send in their numbers to the department of education annually. The numbers are related to only the January through December calendar for the three years prior.” said Sergeant Cynthia Torres.

Torres said that the way the numbers are calculated are through the campus security authorities. They are then sent directly to Torres’ department (where they then go in to calculate the numbers).

Torres said she noticed a few decreases since 2017, such as drug abuse arrests, liquor law violations, and liquor law arrests.

“People are still able to report to us to contact us, email us. There are certainly less people on campus, which would have some correlation,” Chief Joseph Dooley said about how COVID-19 has affected the university.

Torres said that every service that the university had prior to COVID-19 is in fact still up and running.

The Clery Report helps students understand what has happened on campus and by gathering all this data, it shows statistics of crimes that have happened on across campus in the last three years.

According to the report, crimes such as drug abuse arrests have gone down drastically since 2017; it went from 34 to 15. When compared to Eastern’s numbers, a smaller university in a suburban area on 182 acres and according to USNews, 4,800 undergraduate students, Southern has the higher numbers. Eastern had 12 drug abuse arrests in 2019, while in 2017 the university had 18 drug abuse arrests.

While drug abuse arrests have gone down, stalking and dating violence have gone up. In 2017 stalking had four accounts while in 2019 it went up to 11 accounts. With dating violence there were three accounts and in 2019 there were six.

Torres said that there is no correlation with “Not Anymore,” because students have to take that coming into the university.

Some students said they feel safe on campus. Such as psychology major Karina Granados, a junior who is a commuter, said that she feels pretty safe on campus and that event though she is rarely on campus she does think she has any issues and that the police are doing a good job because she has not seen anything bad happen on campus.

Nursing major Nicole Aboagye, a junior, said that she also feels safe on campus.

“Because I always see Southern police walking around, or if there’s an altercation they are always sending out emails. I think they are good with that kind of stuff because they let us know what’s happening,” said Aboagye.

In the three years since Aboagye has been on campus she said she has always felt “generally pretty safe” and the campus police have been doing a good job with their tasks at protecting the campus.

Photo credit: Jessica Guerrucci

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