2018 Campus Crime Report Shows Significant Increases in Alcohol & Drug Arrests

Sean Newhouse 
Online Editor-in-Chief

Cover photo of the student neighborhood courtesy of Sean Newhouse 

The 2018 campus crime report was emailed to students in October in compliance with federal law and refers to crimes committed in properties owned by the university. The report also includes statistics from 2017 and 2016.

Here are eight key takeaways from UD’s 2018 campus crime report:

  • In 2018, there were 74 liquor law arrests and 44 drug law arrests, which are three-year highs in both categories. The 74 liquor law arrests include both physical arrests and citations. Of the arrests, 52 were UD students and 22 were non-UD students, according to university officials. Also, of the arrests, 47 were for underage consumption and 23 were due to open container violations. According to Public Safety, the increase is due to more students “…engaging in harmful, alcohol-related behavior, especially on public property.” (The streets and sidewalks in the student neighborhood are public property.)
  • There were 906 liquor law violations that were referred for disciplinary action, which is a three-year low. Also, there were 80 drug law violations that were referred for disciplinary action, which is a decrease from 2017 when there were 103 referred drug law violations.
  • There were seven reported instances of dating violence, which is a three-year high. Also, there were nine reported instances of stalking, which is triple the number of reported incidents in 2017.
  • Also, there were 14 reported incidents of rape, eight having occurred in residential facilities. This is slightly higher than the 12 incidents of rape reported in 2017, but lower than the 16 reported incidents in 2016. Due to the number of rapes that go unreported, this statistic is not necessarily indicative of the total number of rapes on UD’s campus in 2018.
  • There were 22 burglaries in 2018, which is half the number of burglaries in 2016 but is more than the total in 2017. Burglary is when someone enters an area without permission with the intent to commit a crime. In contrast, theft is when something is stolen from an open area or a space where an individual has permission to be, and robbery occurs when force or the threat of force is used to take something from an individual. There were two instances of robbery in 2018, which represent a three-year low.
  • Also, there were six incidents of motor vehicle theft in 2018, which is double the number of car thefts in both 2016 and 2017. A number of cars were stolen on campus in October 2018, which could explain the increase.
  • There are 25 sex offenders within a one-mile radius of campus, according to data provided by the Ohio Attorney General.
  • In 2018, there were only three fire drills each in Marianist, Marycrest, Founders and Stuart, which shows that a majority of fire alarms are instances where they are set off or pulled.

Crimes can be reported to Public Safety. Their number is 937-229-2121.

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