University of New Mexico Police and Security

University of New Mexico Police and Security

  Safety Information

October 1, 2019

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 2019, which details information for the 2018 calendar year is now available. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) be reported.  There are several areas where we experienced an increase.  There were 16 reported dating violence incidents in 2018 as compared to 29 in 2017.  Reports of Domestic Violence increased to 16 reported incidents in 2018 as compared to 6 in 2017.  Domestic violence saw an increase which is very concerning.  We continue to work hard on our outreach programs and believe it leads to improved reporting plus more awareness to issues of domestic violence and dating violence. 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 continue to be a major problem for the campus but the campus did see a reduction in Auto thefts. There were 133 auto thefts in 2018 as opposed to 222 in 2017.  There were 36 burglaries reported in 2018 a slight decrease from 39 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.  In the past year we have added approximately 80 cameras in the area of the Student Union Building, Duck Pond and Smith’s Plaza. 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 aggressively patrolling the parking lots, utilization of bait cars from APD have all made a positive impact in the reduction of auto thefts and burglaries.  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.   In 2018 we saw 13 reported incident of fondling up slightly from 12 in 2017. In 2018 there were 24 sexual assaults up from 19 reported in 2017.  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 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 2019 is informative and helpful.  We hope you will take the time to review it. 

Very truly yours,

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Kevin McCabe, Chief
UNM Police Department
Chief of Police