Earlier this month, the Department of Public Safety released its Annual Crime Report. Buried in the 30 plus pages of security policy and procedure, which are required by the Clery Act, are numbers on campus crimes for the 2009 calendar year.
A variety of “Category A” violations, including those for noise, party hosting, disorderly conduct, and personal responsibility, decreased compared to the previous year. (Noise violations, for example, went down from 556 to 337.)
The decrease in party hosting violations is especially eye-catching; the number decreased from 147 to 26—a more than 80 percent drop—compared to 2008.
However, both alcohol and drug violations are on the rise compared to years past. In 2008, DPS reported 318 alcohol and 17 drug violations. Last year, those numbers rose to 334 and 49, respectively. The rise in alcohol violations ends a three-year decline.
Nonetheless, crime numbers on campus ain’t what they used to be. With exception to 2005, alcohol violations topped 700 per year from 2002 to 2006. The eight-year high, 903 violations, came in 2006, shortly before the University instituted its new alcohol policy.