2021 Student Accommodation Crime Statistical Report Released

The University of Utah released its first housing crime report this week.

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This detailed crime data is required by State Law passed in 2021, which requires Utah higher education institutions to collect information on all crimes reported to campus and local law enforcement and to break down statistics by housing unit*. The report includes information on reportable violations of the Clery Act, which include crimes ranging from property crimes to hate crimes; sexual offences; Offenses against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and drug, alcohol and weapons offences.

The statistical report on student housing crime is separate from the university report. Annual Safety and Fire Safety Report (ASR), which is published twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Both reports are available online and include data from 2020. Crime statistics detailed in the Housing Report are also accounted for in the ASR.

Tendencies

Combined, the crime reports show a decrease in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) violations compared to 2019 statistics. Additionally, cases of fondling, serious assault, theft of motor vehicles and drug and alcohol arrests have also decreased. This is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which reduced the population on campus during the 2020-2021 school year.

U Safety executives noted that rape cases peaked between 2018 and 2019, rising from 12 to 20 cases, likely due to more information and resources available to victims. In 2020, cases remained stable, with 21 cases in total. The Housing Crime Report followed:

  • Nine rapes in residential buildings operated by the university or university-registered student organizations, including fraternity and sorority houses. During the same period, law enforcement reported one instance of dating violence and three reports of harassment in on-campus or university-registered housing.
  • In off-campus housing (Block 44), two rapes, one case of domestic violence and one case of dating violence were reported.
  • In university student apartments, 8 incidents of domestic violence and one case of harassment were reported in 2020.

These figures do not include reports made to other offices and service providers outside of law enforcement.

“Any crime is one crime too many as we strive to make the University of Utah a welcoming and safe place for our students to learn, faculty to teach, and staff to work,” said Keith Squires, security officer. “We know that transparency and clear communication are among our most powerful tools for raising awareness about safety on our campus.

“Along with other innovations in our security operations, we believe University Safety is on the right track: responding to all crime on our campus with a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach, so that survivors feel safe and heard when reporting these crimes. ”

The context

To put the crime statistics into context, university leaders compared the data to annual safety reports from peer institutions in PAC-12 and three mid-sized cities in Salt Lake County (Draper, Herriman, and Murray) with diurnal populations similar to that of the university and its subsidiary campuses:

2020 PAC-12 Crime Statistics: Safety and Fire Safety Annual Report

Institution Murder Grated Burglary Flight of MT Domestic violence Domestic violence Drug arrests Arms arrests
University of Utah

(Salt Lake City, Utah)

0 21 28 19 18 3 19 4
Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) 0 17 20 13 1 7 196 7
Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon) 0 8 24 6 4 2 20 2
Stanford University (Stanford, CA) 0 15 42 24 8 0 16 6
University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) 0 18 29 29 17 1 96 1
University of California, Berkeley 0 25 69 100 37 7 80 11
University of California, Los Angeles 0 35 107 7 15 5 87 14
University of Colorado, Boulder 0 12 16 8 4 7 166 1
University of Oregon

(Eugene, Oregon)

0 5 52 15 1 4 9 1
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) 0 27 20 41 2 8 5 4
University of Washington

(Seattle, Washington)

0 32 203 48 41 32 1 1
Washington State University

(Pullman, Washington)

0 20 11 0 2 2 14 2

City crime statistics 2020 (Population: 49-56,000)

Town Murder Grated Burglary Flight of MT Domestic violence

Drug/

Narcotic Offenses

Weapon violations
Draper, Utah 0 23 140 90 ** 175 23
Herriman, UT 0 8 59 57 ** 151 14
Murray, UT 2 28 340 575 ** 534 80

If you need to report a crime, call University Police at 801-585-2677 or go to safeu.utah.edu for additional on-campus resources. Local and national support is also available from the Utah Coalition Against Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) and the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

* The university offers individual, group and family accommodation for undergraduate and graduate students. Housing and Residential Education (HRE) manages facilities in the officers’ circle area of ​​Fort Douglas, traditional residence halls on campus and Block 44, and common buildings in downtown Salt Lake City. University Student Apartments (USA) manages graduate student and family housing in the Medical Plaza area and in the USA East and West Villages on Sunnyside Ave. (The lease for Block 44 expires in May 2022.)

** Not included in Crime in Utah report by city. Source: https://bci.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/10/Crime-in-Utah-2020.pdf