Campus crime rates recover from recent spike
The neighborhood surrounding Georgetown has recently seen a rise in crime–most commonly incidents of theft and sexual assault.
According to Jay Gruber, chief of Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD), this increase follows a trend. “Crimes occur in ebbs and flows,” he said. “Sometimes crime increases due to a single individual who begins criminal activity our area.”
Students have been receiving emails, sometimes multiple per day, alerting them of neighborhood crimes. Gruber noted that this serves as important safety reminders. “Students need to be aware that they live in a dense urban area where crimes do occur, and students need to be aware of the things they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim,” he said.
Gruber listed several actions students can take to avoid becoming a target themselves; including downloading the LiveSafe App (available through GU app, he recommended students use the SafeWalk feature), walking in well-lit and populated areas, walking in groups, using campus’s SafeRides group, and refraining from exhibiting their electronics or valuables.
In respect to sexual assault cases, Gruber said that he is hopeful that an increasing number of survivors will report their cases, which might be reflected in a spike. In an email to Vox, he said that crime rates have started to decline over the past few weeks thanks to measures taken by both the police the Georgetown community.
GUPD will continue to work with the 2nd District MPD and PSA 206 (Police Service Arena) to help protect Georgetown students’ safety. MPD has increased patrol around Georgetown’s campus and neighborhood, while GUPD’s efforts include amplifying its presence off-campus, sending tips to the student body on-campus, and stationing an empty police car at the front gates. Gruber said the car serves as a visual deterrent to those who might be thinking of committing a crime in the area.
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