“The way Clery works a series of events, you have to count those as individual events. During the holidays last year, one of the dorms was burglarized, and several dorm units were hit,” Moore said. “Even though it was one part of a criminal episode, each room that was violated is considered an individual act. The way that Clery counts, 30 of those events are a cause of that one break-in.”
Motor vehicle theft rose from 14 to 22, according to the report.
Davis said student and officer engagement is key to keeping campus safe.
“What we’re trying to do is break down the communications barrier. Basically there are 40,000 students and only 50 police officers,” Davis said. “So obviously, what you all see here on campus is much more than what a police report can. Most people don’t feel warm and fuzzy talking to someone in uniform.”
On college campuses, the little crimes, which many don’t notice, lead to larger crimes, Davis said.
“What is more important is the crime that doesn’t get reported. You’re at the library, and you leave your books on the table; you get up and come back, and your books are gone,” Davis said. “You don’t tell us.”
“We need to find out where the small things are so it’s easier to stop them before they get out of hand.”