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Clery Report shows drop in campus crime

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The Los Rios Police Department released the annual Clery report, which details the crime statistics of all United States colleges and universities on Sept. 30.

The report offers a comparison of criminal offenses, arrests and subsequent disciplinary action taken against offenders between American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College.

“You are a product of your environment,” LRPD Sgt. Brian Washington said of CRC’s safety. “Wherever the campus sits is generally the environment of the crowd that you are going to draw.”

According to the report, CRC’s incidents of crime on campus have seen the largest drop between the four Los Rios colleges, while FLC remains the campus with the least incidents last year and overall.

“I can attribute [the crime drop] to some of the officers, we have some damn fine officers here,” Washington said. “They’re being more proactive, you can see us walking around on campus more.”

The amount of police patrolling the campus does help some students feel more secure.

“I feel pretty safe because I usually see one to two police officers at any given time,” said Justin Alexander, a 22-year-old business major. “They usually have a pretty good response time when something does happen.”

Julieanna Walling, 21, undeclared, said she felt similarly about her safety on campus.

“On a scale of one to 10 I feel generally safe,” Walling said. “There are lots of lights and people generally keep to themselves.”

However, CRC does have the most reported incidents of domestic violence with five reported in 2013.

Just be aware of your environment. What I see everybody doing is walking with their cell phones out, and I know this little electronic device is our world now, but take some time out from it, and just watch what’s going on. Put your head up.”

— Sgt. Brian Washington

Prior to 2013, incidents of domestic violence were not recorded in the Clery report’s statistics.

“The Clery Center just announced the Final Regulations to the [Violence Against Women Act] Amendments to Clery for the domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence categories,” LRPD Capt. Chris Day said in an email.

Day said that with the changed regulations, all institutions involved with the Clery reporting system were asked for a “Good Faith” effort, or an honest estimation, to report the number of domestic violence incidents in 2013.

Washington said that although the rates of violent crime have dropped, other crimes like theft have seen an increase.

“Next year, you’ll probably see a lot of petty thefts for bikes [from this year],” Washington said. “The good thing is, we were able to catch one person stealing a bike last week … we caught him with the goods, so that’s nice.”

Thefts were not among the crimes reported on the Clery report, though information on these crimes are available in the LRPD crime log on request, Day said.

Despite the relatively low amounts of crime on CRC’s campus, Washington said that students should still take measures to remain safe on campus.

“Like our slogan was before, ‘Do you like your stuff? So do other people,’” Washington said. “Just be aware of your environment. What I see everybody doing is walking with their cell phones out, and I know this little electronic device is our world now, but take some time out from it, and just watch what’s going on. Put your head up.”

The full Clery report can be found on the LRPD’s website, police.losrios.edu

Heather Kemp contributed to this article.

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