College campuses are unlike any other place. It is a place dominated by traditional students, young adults living away from home for the first time in their lives. With it, comes the freedom to sleep all day, drink all night, not go to class, and so much more. We can escape the restraints of our parents, however, crime is something that is all around us. Whether we partake in it ourselves or we fall victim to it, college campuses are no strangers to criminal activity. The following blog post is a description of the most common crimes that happen every day across campuses across the nation. When we hear ‘college crimes,’ many of us think of incidents relating to alcohol. Although present on the list, I was surprised to find out that there is so much more. Something to note is that while doing research, I discovered that many articles list different crimes.
In no particular order:
1) Public Urination
2) Public intoxication
3) Disorderly conduct
5) Minor in Possession
6) Possession of Marijuana
8) Noise ordinance violation
9) Jay Walking
The following clips are from the G4 TV show Campus PD. They cover some of the violations previously listed.
Possession of Marijuana:
Noise Violation & Minor in Possession:
For those of you who don’t know about this show, I highly recommend it. It is very entertaining.
Having spent four years at Illinois State University, I can honestly say that I have never been in a situation where I felt that my safety has been threatened. Whether it be my intuition or the work of the various police departments present on campus, I always feel safe. Like any other campus, however, crime consistently happens as seen in the crime section of the Daily Vidette.
I have never been on the ISU PD website until writing this post, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are constituted by a large mandate. Some of the services they provide include: enforcement of all State and Federal Laws, assist in enforcement of all University Policies and Regulations, traffic and crowd control at special events, random patrol of campus by both foot patrol and vehicular patrol, bike patrol, enforcement of traffic and parking regulations, provide emergency 9-1-1 telephone system, conducts campus lighting surveys, conduct safety/security surveys on request, and so much more.
Starting on page 27, there is an annual report starting from years 2008 – 2010 showing the annual crime statistics at Illinois State University. In 2010, there were: 35 burglaries, 24 assaults, 24 sex offenses, 2034 liquor law violations, and 781 drug violations. Minus the alcohol and drug offenses, I was surprised at the results. To be honest, I expected the numbers to be much higher.
Now knowing the crime statistics, are you all surprised? Do you feel that the ISU PD, Normal PD, Bloomington PD, and the State PD do a great job of protecting and serving us?