Duke police annual crime report shows few changes
Reported crime on Duke University’s campus recorded mostly slight fluctuations last year, according to a report released last week by the university’s police department.
There was an uptick in the number of reported forcible sex offenses in 2012 – 11 incidents compared to the 7 reported in 2011.
Reported cases of burglaries and robberies also increased slightly. Burglaries increased from 56 in 2011 to 62 in 2012. There were four robberies in 2012 compared to three the year before.
Motor vehicle thefts increased by four incidents, with 16 reported in 2012.
Liquor law violations, drug law violations and aggravated assaults were down.
“These just look like annual variances that we just see over time,” said Duke Police Chief John Dailey. “Our numbers are so low, going up two or three probably doesn’t mean very much.”
The numbers were in the department’s annual Clery Security Report, which gives insight into the number of crimes reported on or near main campus, within research facilities and on hospital grounds in 2012.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by Oct. 1 that contains campus security policies and three years of campus crime statistics.
The largest portion of reported crime at Duke involves liquor law violations. But that was down this year, from 628 reported in 2011 to 542 in 2012.
Almost all of those violations were reported by student affairs staff working in residence halls, Dailey said.
Aggravated assaults decreased by half, with only five cases reported in 2012. Drug law arrests and drug law violations decreased in both cases by half, with 55 violations and 10 arrests reported in 2012.
No hate crimes have been reported at Duke between 2010-12 and no crime has been reported for Duke University’s Marine Lab on Pivers Island in the Outer Banks during that same time period.
The report came, coincidentally, as Duke experienced some widely noticed crime incidents.
In the past two months alone, three robberies have taken place on Duke grounds.
Suspects have been arrested in connection to two robberies that occurred in the Duke Gardens in July. A third robbery occurred Sunday outside Perkins Library on West Campus. The suspect was armed with a silver handgun and stole two laptop computers, two cellphones and credit cards from a young alumnus and visitor.
Dailey said his department takes a daily look at their campus crime numbers to adjust their campus safety strategies.
“We want people to be able to come to Duke and learn or work or make great discoveries or visit the chapel, and not have to worry about personal safety,” he said.
Find the full report at http://duke.edu/police/news_stats/clery/.