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University of New Mexico Police and Security

  Safety Information

October 1, 2018

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Your safety and security are of prime concern at the University of New Mexico.  Every year, the UNM Police Department publishes a report that includes crime statistics and information about the university’s policies and programs related to safety and law enforcement.

The UNM Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2018, which details information for the 2017 calendar year is now available. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) be reported.  There are several areas where we experienced an increase.  There were 29 reported dating violence incidents in 2017 as compared to 23 in 2016.  Reports of Domestic Violence dropped to 6 reported incidents in 2017 as compared to 11 in 2016.  The trend upward in dating violence tells us that our outreach on this type of issue is working as well, by having more people report. The same can be said for Stalking incidents.  Between adding it to the Clery Report and increased awareness I believe contributes to the increase in the stalking cases.   Property crimes continues to be a major problem for the campus. There were 222 auto thefts in 2017 as opposed to 174 in 2016.  There were 39 burglaries reported in 2017 an increase from 28 in 2016.  The President has made Safety one of her top initiatives and in doing so has secured funding to increase lighting and cameras around campus.  We believe adding the cameras will aid law enforcement in apprehending offenders and make the campus a less attractive target for property thefts and other crimes. We continue to aggressively patrol the parking lots and encourage students and staff to secure property in their vehicles trunk out of the view of offenders, to lock the doors to their rooms and offices and not to leave personnel property unattended.   In 2017 we saw 12 reported incidents of fondling up slightly from 11 in 2016. In 2017 there were 19 sexual assaults up from 15 reported in 2016.  This shows no real significant change but still remains a major concern for law enforcement. We believe this is a result of the continued outreach and training the university has been doing making people more aware and coming forward to report. Through President Stokes and her staff initiatives such as LoboRESPECT and the Advocacy Centers continues to educate the community on behavior that is unacceptable and not tolerated.  These efforts are resonating within our UNM community, leading to more awareness and reporting.   The increases cause me great concern therefore patrolling the campus and having my officers engage with students, staff and faculty is a top priority. Every incident reported to police is taken seriously and investigated fully until the case is either solved or until all leads are exhausted.

In addition to crimes on campus including UNM Student Residential Facilities, the table shows crime statistics for Non-Campus Buildings or Property and Public Property, as defined by federal regulations specified in the accompanying table.  The UNM Police Department requests crime statistics information from the appropriate law enforcement agencies and includes those numbers provided by these other agencies in our report.  Finally, the table also shows statistics for violations of alcohol, drug and weapons laws that resulted in referrals for disciplinary action by UNM Residence Life and Student Housing and the Dean of Students Office.

Along with crime stats, the complete report also includes information about crime prevention programs; ways to report criminal activity and campus policies on sexual assault; drug and alcohol; and weapons.  Also, in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the annual report details fire statistics and fire safety information for UNM Student Residential Facilities as well as the university’s policy and procedures for resident students to provide a contact person in case a student is determined to be missing. 

The Report can be accessed online at the following address https://police.unm.edu/CampusSafetyReport. You may also request a copy at the UNM Police Department (Hokona Hall, 2500 Campus Blvd. NE), Human Resources Service Center (1700 Lomas Blvd. NE), Admissions Office (Student Services Center), Student Support and Services Center (1155 University Blvd. SE) and the HSC Administrative Services Office (Health Sciences and Services Building, Room 302).

The UNM Police Department is working hard to make this campus a safe place to live, learn, work and play.  We believe that the information in the UNM Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2018 is informative and helpful.  We hope you will take the time to review it. 

 

Very truly yours,

 

Kevin McCabe, Chief
UNM Police Department
Chief of Police


 
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