The 2019 Annual Campus Crime, Security and Fire Safety Report showed a decrease in on-campus burglaries.
The annual report shows the statistics representative of the past three years, 2016, 2017 and 2018, for the ACU main campus in Abilene, ACU-Dallas campus in Addison and the three ACU Study Abroad campuses at Leipzig, Germany, Montevideo, Uruguay and Oxford, England. The report is released in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The crimes listed in the statistic report represent those which occurred on the ACU campuses as well as certain off-campus facilities, off-campus properties owned or controlled by ACU and on public property within proximity to or accessible from the ACU campuses.
The data from the report shows 10 burglaries reported to ACUPD in 2016, 7 in 2017 and 6 in 2018. Police Chief Jimmy Ellison said it is a downward trend that is steady and significant.
“We would like to think that that means students and employees are doing better jobs of locking up their [residence] hall rooms when they’re not home or locking up their offices and keeping things more secure,” Ellison said.
The data collected from the report shows a decrease in drug violation arrests and referrals and an increase in liquor law violation arrests and referrals. In 2016 there were nine total drug violation arrests and referrals on-campus and in 2018 there were three. In 2016 there were 12 liquor law violation arrests and referrals on-campus and in 2018 there were 20.
Ellison said these numbers go up and down slightly from year to year.
“We didn’t see anything within the report that was concerning at all,” Ellison said. “We were glad to see that the trends for on-campus burglaries is continuing to decrease. ACU historically has done very well. No campus is immune from crime.”
The numbers that are reflected in the annual report are incidents that have been reported to ACUPD. Ellison said he would like to remind faculty, staff and students to report every crime to the police department.
“We can only provide help and assistance when we know someone needs our help,” Ellison said.
Cate Dunne, junior multimedia major from Houston, said she remembers getting the email about the Annual Campus Crime Report.
“I think that’s important and I do think it is helpful,” Dunne said.
The full report can be found through following the link, https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/.