By Taylor A. Boomsma and Isac Kim
This year’s Annual Security Report (ASR), released on Sept. 17, showed varied numbers with regards to sexual assault, but it also indicated an increase in burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report summarizes the new crime statistics on campus and is released every year before Oct. 1.
The report contains current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming, according to University Police.
Sexual Assault and Title IX reports
Reports of incidents to the Title IX department have doubled each year for the past three years.
Two hundred fifty reports of this nature have been made this last year, Title IX Coordinator Linda Hoos said.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the number of incidents has doubled, only that there has been an increase in complainants reporting.
“It’s odd to say this, … [but] the increase in number of reports is actually, in a way, a good thing,” said University Police Lieutenant Aaron J. Eaton.
Incidents involving rape on campus decreased to five in 2017.
Stalking offenses had the most dramatic increase, with six incidents in 2015 and only four in 2016; there was a jump to 12 incidents in 2017.
The ASR reported five dating violence offenses in 2017, compared to only two in 2016.
There were four domestic violence incidents, a marked increase from 2016, when only one case was reported.
Fondling was a category that showed a decrease in incidents. With six offenses in 2015, it dropped to two occurrences in both 2016 and 2017.
Lt. Eaton said the rise in reporting is a good thing in because it helps to hold the offender accountable, which in turn stops him or her from doing it again.
He said reporting also benefits victims because they can get support throughout the process.
Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts
Burglaries and car thefts went up dramatically from 2015 to 2017.
In 2015, there were only eight burglaries on campus, but that amount went up to 20 in 2016, then back down a bit to 19 in 201
Similarly, the number of motor vehicle thefts went up from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, the number of motor vehicle thefts went from 18 in 2015, down to 12 in 2016, but jumped all the way to 31 in 2017.
Lt. Eaton said the campus’ location may be a possible reason why there was an increase in burglaries and car thefts.
“With a large campus, there are lots of opportunities for crimes to happen,” he said. “Our proximity to the local freeway allows criminals to come in and flee quickly.”
Stephanie Rodriguez, a second-year sociology major, recently had the misfortune of someone stealing her car.
“I had class at 9 a.m. and went back to my car around 1:30 p.m. at the high school parking lot,” she said. “When I got there, I second guessed myself because the truck was gone, and I [got] on the phone with my dad and I told him that the truck was gone. There were no signs of broken glass or anything.”
Rodriguez said she never got her car back.
Lt. Eaton said University Police is taking steps to prevent the rise in theft.
“We try to apprehend the criminals who’ve done crimes to eliminate them from coming back on campus,” he said.
Eaton shared some common-sense tips to prevent theft from happening to students.
“Make sure you lock your car and remove all valuables from your car and put it in a secure location,” he said. “Lock your doors and windows, and always report suspicious activity to the police.”
Rodriguez’s suggestions to students mirrored Lt. Eaton’s suggestions.
“Put your bags in your trunk,” she said. “If it’s seen, then there’s a temptation to steal.”
The Annual Security Report can be viewed on the Cal Poly Pomona University Police website.
A summary of Title IX reports can also be found on CPP’s Title IX web page.
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