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September 22, 2017

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 2017, which details information for the 2016 calendar year is now available. The Clery Act requires that crime statistics for three years (2014, 2015 and 2016) be reported.  There are several areas where we experienced an increase.  There were 23 reported dating violence incidents in 2016 as compared to 5 in 2015.  Reports of Domestic Violence although dropped to 11 reported incidents in 2016 as compared to 21 in 2015.  These changes reflect the change in the reporting of incidents of domestic violence in which dating violence was added as a reporting requirement.  Separating domestic violence and dating violence, the number more accurately reflect the campus population being made up of people who are dating as opposed to more long term relationships.  There were 141 auto thefts in 2016 as opposed to 88 in 2015.  The continued increase in auto thefts can be attributed an increase city wide in the number of auto thefts along with Clery reporting requirements. Clery requires attempted Auto Thefts to be recorded as Auto Thefts.  In 2016 a total of 122 vehicles were stolen and 19 vehicles were attempted stolen. In 2016 we saw no reported incident of fondling as opposed to 16 in 2015.  I think this is a combination of unusually high number of incidents occurring in 2015 and the overall response by the university to those incidents.  Each incident drew widespread attention from the campus community making people more aware which assisted law enforcement in responding effectively.  I believe this helped to change the overall environment on campus towards this type of behavior adding to the reduction.  In 2016, there were 14 sexual assaults reported in 2015 there were 13 reported cases.  This shows no real significant change but still remains a major concern for law enforcement.  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 Abdallah and his 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 cases are 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 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 2016 is informative and helpful.  We hope you will take the time to review it. 

Very truly yours,

Kevin McCabe
Kevin McCabe, Chief
UNM Police Department
Chief of Police