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PC Patrick Alejandro

The results are in! Fewer incidents of sexual misconduct, but many more drinking violations in 2014

On October 1, the UMBC Police Department released the 2014 Clery Report, an annual report detailing a college or university’s crime statistics and protocols available to all students, faculty and the general public.

The report lists crime statistics such as burglaries, sex offenses and drug law violations/arrests, while comparing them over the course of three years.

Between 2012 and 2014, reported rapes have decreased from six in 2012 to three in 2014, though this is still a slight increase from one in 2013. All of these reported cases have been on-campus in residential areas.

On-campus aggravated assault charges have dropped from two in 2012 to zero in 2014. Burglaries on campus have steadied, with a spike from five in 2012 to 10 in 2013, before dropping back down to five in 2014. Only 10 of the 20 total burglaries have occurred in residential areas.

There has been a decline in reported cases of on-campus dating violence between 2012 and 2014: there were six cases in 2012, seven in 2013 and only three in 2014. There were no cases of on-campus domestic violence in 2012 and 2014, but two in 2013.

There was a drastic change in reported cases of on-campus stalking between 2012 and 2014: one in 2012 rose to eight cases in 2013, which dropped to zero in 2014. However, as reported by The Retriever’s Police Log on December 3, 2014, there was a case of stalking reported from Sherman Hall.

There was only one reported case of arson in 2014 within the past three years. Whether this case relates to the December 1, 2014 fire in the Commons remains unknown.

There was a dramatic decrease in on-campus drug law arrests between 2013 and 2014, dropping from 40 cases to zero, respectively. This decrease may be related to the decriminalization of marijuana in Maryland on Oct. 1, 2014, a law that replaced jail time with a civil citation and a fine. During that same time period, the amount of drug law violations referred only dropped from 50 to 44.

In 2014, there were zero reported hate crimes on- or off-campus as opposed to the four cases in 2013.

There’s been a steady increase in liquor law violations, from 139 in 2012 to 159 in 2014.