URBANA – The Division of Public Safety and Campus Code Compliance and Fire Safety on Tuesday announced the publication of their Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which they hope campus community members will review to increase their own awareness of public safety issues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The report, which is available at http://police.illinois.edu/clery, includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It also includes statistics for fires in on-campus student housing.
The bulk of the report includes institutional policies concerning campus security and other safety information, along with fire safety policies and procedures. The information is provided in compliance with a federal law, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.
Some highlights from the 2015 report:
- 2014 saw a reduction in reports of some violent crimes, including rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft also were fewer in 2014.
- A total of 147 people were cited on campus for liquor law violations. Another 600 instances were forwarded to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution.
- The last academic year saw significant efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence and misconduct issues, including the student-driven It’s On Us campaign and the launch of the “At Illinois, We Care” website at wecare.illinois.edu.
- A total of 8 fire incidents were reported last year in campus housing, down from 10 in 2013 and 18 in 2012.
Campus officials said they hope community members will use the information in the report to enhance their awareness of campus security policies and public safety issues.
“Creating and maintaining a safe community is a responsibility the Division of Public Safety, University Housing and Campus Code Compliance and Fire Safety take very seriously, but we cannot do it alone,” said U. of I. Police Chief Jeff Christensen in a Massmail to campus Tuesday morning. “Crime and fire prevention is a community effort, and you are our most valuable public safety resource. Your active participation in keeping informed and reporting problems is crucial.”