September 28, 2016
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 2016, which details information for the 2015 calendar year is now available. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2013, 2014 and 2015) be reported. There are several areas where we experienced an increase. There were 16 reported fondling incidents in 2015 as compared to 7 in 2014. There were 88 auto thefts in 2015 as opposed to 32 in 2014 and 44 in 2013. In 2015, there were 13 sexual assaults reported. In 2014 there were 12 reported cases and 10 in 2013. The increase in reported fondling cases can be attributed to better awareness efforts made by the university to encourage reports of fondling. Auto Thefts have spiked in 2015 partially due to Clery reporting requirements. Clery requires attempted Auto Thefts to be recorded as actual thefts. In 2015 a total of 64 vehicles were stolen and 24 vehicles were attempted stolen. Another area that more than doubled is Burglary. In 2015 there were 49 reported Burglaries up from 20 in 2014. Property crimes are a serious problem on campus due to the large population on campus and the multiple parking lots spread throughout the university campus which creates an opportunity for criminals determined to commit property theft. We continue to aggressively patrol the parking lots and encourage students and staff 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. Through President Frank and his staff initiatives such as LoboRespect 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. Starting with 2014, the UNM Police Department was required to report incidents of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking. The Department added these three categories to the ASFSR report in 2013. Reported cases of stalking in 2015 were a little lower than in 2014 but the numbers indicate that in the past stalking cases may have been going unreported. By adding stalking to Clery Reporting and through awareness campaigns more attention is being given to stalking and the need to contact law enforcement if a person feels they are being stalked on campus. Reported incidents of dating and domestic violence also saw an increase indicating domestic violence remains a concern on campus.
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 2015 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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