The University of New Mexico today released its annual Security and Fire Safety Report. UNM works diligently to ensure its campus is a safe and secure environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors. The report, required under the federal Clery Act, contains crime statistics and other safety information for calendar year 2013.
UNM Police Chief Kevin McCabe said two areas in the report, burglaries and sexual assaults, show significant changes from the previous year, but both are likely the result of increased enforcement and awareness.
“A targeted approach by the department helped decrease the number of burglaries on campus last year,” McCabe said. “Sexual assault reports are up, but we believe that is because our response team initiative is helping bring attention to the issue.”
The report shows burglaries decreased from 35 in 2012 to 24 last year. The number of burglaries on campus tends to range from 30 to 40 per year, so the decline is a positive sign for UNM. McCabe said the addition of the four officers hired the previous year along with crime prevention initiatives by the department might have contributed to the decrease in break-ins.
Sexual assaults reported to UNMPD increased from four in 2012 to 11 for 2013. That jump was expected after the campus created what is now the Sexual Misconduct & Assault Response Team (SMART) team last year along with a University-wide awareness campaign regarding sexual assault on campus.
“We believe that students now have a better understanding of the resources we have on campus to respond to and deal with sexual assault and misconduct, so we expected to see more cases reported,” McCabe said.
In the latest report, UNMPD also included statistics for three new Clery crime categories: Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking. The table in the report shows statistics for crimes on campus, including UNM Student Residential Facilities, but also includes crime statistics for Non-Campus Buildings or Property and Public Property. A definition of what that entails, as defined by federal regulations, can be found in the accompanying table.
In addition to its own reports, UNMPD also requests crime statistics information from the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Ana Pueblo and Kirtland Air Force Base. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2011, 2012 and 2013) be reported.
The Clery report shows statistics for violations of alcohol, drug and weapons laws that resulted in referrals for disciplinary action by UNM Residence Life and Student Housing and the Dean of Students Office. It also includes information about crime prevention programs, ways to report criminal activity and campus policies on sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, and weapons.
Under 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 resident students to provide a contact person in case a student is determined to be missing.
"We can achieve a safe campus with everyone’s cooperation. I encourage you to read the security report and make your safety at UNM a priority,” said Christine Chester, deputy chief of Police and interim Clery coordinator.
The view the report, visit: https://police.unm.edu/unm-campus-safety-2014.pdf or request a copy at the UNM Police Department.