NYU releases annual crime report

By John Ambrosio, News Editor

The NYU Department of Public Safety released their annual crime report on Oct. 1, which provides detailed statistics on criminal activity happening on and around NYU’s campus.

The 2014 report, which has statistics from the previous calendar year, shows that there were 13 incidents of burglary, nine incidents of forcible sex offenses, seven incidents of robbery and zero incidents of aggravated assault.

NYU spokesperson Philip Lentz said these numbers indicate that NYU’s campus has a very low crime rate, thanks to the work of the Public Safety office.

“The NYU campus is located in one of the lowest crime precincts in New York City, in one of the safest cities in America,” Lentz said. “We have a strong and well-trained security force that helps keep these crime statistics low.”

While most of the numbers went down or remained relatively static between 2012 and 2013, the number of instances for alcohol-related incidents went from 132 in 2012 to 425 in 2013. Lentz said these numbers do not reflect changes within the NYU community, but instead more arrests near campus.

“These arrests are for the consumption of alcohol on public property and indicate that the police made more arrests in this area than in previous years,” Lentz said.

The number of alcohol-related referrals to disciplinary action was also up from 1,886 in 2012 to 1,940 in 2013, including 203 on campus. Drug-related arrests were up from 49 in 2012 to 73 in 2013, while drug-related referrals to disciplinary action went down from 851 in 2012 to 590 in 2013.

Lentz said the university’s new sexual assault policies, which went into effect on Oct. 1, might have an impact on the crime statistics, but it is hard to tell at this point.

“It’s a bit premature to make any assumptions, since the new policies just went into effect last week,” Lentz said. “But the increased attention to this issue could encourage some who previously didn’t report sexual offenses to the university to do so in the future.”

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