November 30, 2020
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 2020, which details information for the 2019 calendar year is now available. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2017, 2018 and 2019) be reported. There are areas where we experienced an increase, which include the following:
- There were 30 reported dating violence incidents in 2019, as compared to 16 in 2018
- There were 45 reported stalking incidents in 2019, as compared to 36 in 2018
- There were 92 drug law referrals in 2019, as compared to 62 in 2018
- There were 50 reported burglaries in 2019, as compared to 36 in 2018
- Additionally, we did see some decreases in crime on our UNM Campus, which included the following:
- There were 76 reported motor vehicle thefts in 2019, as compared to 133 in 2018 and 222 in 2017
- There were 2 robberies reported in 2019, as compared to 7 in 2018
- There were 12 reported domestic violence incidents, as compared to 16 in 2018
- There were 2 weapons law referrals, as compared to 4 in 2018 and 8 in 2017
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've added 121 cameras during building construction and renovation projects, 64 of a planned 168 cameras have been added to surface parking lots at Albuquerque campuses, plus 220 cameras at our remote campus locations (THIS YEAR). We also improved lighting around campus. The purchase of a Mobile Video Cameras Surveillance trailer has allowed us to place cameras in targeted areas such as south campus. This along with target patrols around campus, to include aggressively patrolling the parking lots, utilization of bait cars from APD, and other directed activities have all made a positive impact in the reduction of not only auto thefts and burglaries but also other public safety issues and concerns. The additional cameras we hope will have a positive impact on property crimes on campus as well. Students and staff are asked to secure property in their vehicle trunks out of the view of offenders, to lock the doors to their rooms and offices and not to leave personnel property unattended. We believe this is a result of the continued outreach, safety talks and training the university has been doing making people more aware and coming forward to report these type of incidences as well as raising their awareness in crime prevention. Through President Stokes and her staff initiatives such as Lobo RESPECT and the Advocacy Center continues to educate the community on behavior that is unacceptable and no longer tolerated. These efforts are resonating within our UNM community, leading to more awareness and reporting. The increases cause me great concern and patrolling of the campus and engaging with students, staff and faculty by my officers is a top priority. Every incident reported to police is taken seriously and investigated fully until 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 the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Police Departments for those areas and includes the 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 2020 is informative and helpful. We hope you will take the time to review it.
Very truly yours,
Joseph O. Silva, Interim Chief of Police
UNM Police Department