Crime Down on Campus, According to SCSU Public Safety [AUDIO]
ST. CLOUD - Crimes on the St. Cloud State University campus have dropped over the last few years, according to the Public Safety Department.
One area of improvement is liquor law arrests. In 2013, 118 students were arrested compared to 193 in 2012. Assistant vice president for safety and risk management Jesse Cashman says this decline was likely due to educational programs at the University.
Another area of improvement were incidents of forcible sex offenses. In 2013 there were no reports on campus compared to 11 in 2012.
Burglary and robbery incidents also fell. There were 12 burglaries on campus in 2013 compared to 17 the year before and there were no cases of robbery in 2013. Cashman says Public Safety is working hard to reduce these crimes.
Public Safety also credits its recent partnership with the St. Cloud Police Department for solving more crimes on campus.
One area that saw a slight increase were drug law violations. There were 120 incidents in 2013 compared to 75 in 2012.
The department is also working to stop any hate crimes on campus. In 2013 there was one report of intimidation with a bias of sexual orientation and another with a bias of disability.
Anyone who witnesses crime on campus is urged to immediately call 911 and follow up with a report to St. Cloud State Public Safety at 320-208-3333.