Burglaries were up, auto thefts were down, but most other crime stats changed little in 2012, according to the latest annual Clery Report released by the University of New Mexico. The report is now available online at 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, as well as a number of locations on campus.
The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2010, 2011 and 2012) be reported. Although the most recent year statistics show Motor Vehicle Theft was down significantly from the previous year, the number is about the same as in the 2010 report. There were 31 in 2010, 57 in 2011 and 38 in 2012. Burglaries increased in 2012 to 35 from 19 reported in 2011 and 33 burglaries reported in 2010. Normally, burglaries average between 30 and 40 per year, so the 2012 report falls within that range.
“UNM has almost doubled the number of students living in campus housing within the past two years,” Police Chief Kathy Guimond said. “We have hired four additional officers and brought in additional security forces as needed.”
In addition to crimes on campus including at Student Residential Facilities, federal regulations also require the reporting of the crime statistics for some Non-Campus Buildings or Property and Public Property near campus. To compile that information, UNMPD requests crime stats from the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Police Departments for those areas. The report also shows statistics for violations of alcohol, drug and weapons laws that resulted in referrals for disciplinary action by UNM Residence Life & Student Housing and the Dean of Students Office.
Along with crime stats, the Clery report includes information about crime prevention programs, ways to report criminal activity and campus policies on sexual assault, drug and alcohol, and weapons. Chief Guimond emphasized that the report reflects the 2012 calendar year, not the 2012-13 school year.
“We have initiated a number of crime prevention measures recently to continue to increase campus safety. UNMPD has hired four additional full time officers and rolled out a new on-line reporting system for property crimes, which should free up officers to spend more time out patrolling campus. We created a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and are forming a new Civil Campus Initiative.”
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the annual report details fire statistics and fire safety information for UNM Student Residential Facilities as well as the university’s policy and procedures for students living on campus to provide a contact person in case a student is determined to be missing.
Copies of the 2012 report may be requested at the UNM Police Department (Hokona Hall, 2500 Campus Blvd., NE), Human Resources Services Center (1700 Lomas Blvd., NE), Admissions Office (Student Services Center), Student Support & Services Center (1155 University Blvd., SE) and the HSC Administrative Services Office (Health Sciences and Services Building, Room 302).