Campus crimes on the rise in NJ

October 5, 2009 3:03:52 PM PDT
Colleges are required to report crimes on campus, and in New Jersey those crimes seem to be happening more frequently.The spike varies from campus to campus with offenses including sexual assaults, burglaries, and drinking.

Sexual assault is considered to be the most underreported crime on college campuses. In 2008, more students at Princeton University reported sexual assaults than ever before: 18 attacks, up from 14 the year before.

"Of course it's concerning, but I don't feel particularly unsafe, or any more unsafe than I did last year," said student Nicole Johnson.

School offiicals said the jump in sex assaults reported may be the result of outreach programs.

"I think it's not that there's more sex assault encounters, but more women and men are becoming more comfortable sharing these experiences," said student Danielle McKoy.

At Rider University in Lawrence it appears the crackdown on alcohol is paying off. In 2007 freshman Gary DeVercelly died of alcohol poisoning while pledging a fraternity. There were 100 arreests for liquor law violations that year. In 2008, that number plummeted to 61.

"They're the result of some very rigorous policies on alcohol weve instituted the last couple years that involve student education," said Rider University spokesman Sean Ramsden.

At the College ofNew Jersey in Ewing burglaries are up. Last year's 34 were almost double the year before.

"A lot of these things are crimes of opportunity. A lot of them are kids taking things, things are disappearing from dorm rooms, the doors are left open," said Chief John Collins of the TCNJ Campus Police.

Students there are being reminded to lock their room doors and car doors to prevent becoming victims.

You can get the latest crime statistics from the Philadelphia Police by CLICKING HERE for the force's crime data mapping site.


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