Reported crime incidents fall over three-year period
March 23, 2011Tweet
Binghamton University crime rates have decreased since 2008, Interim Chief of Police Tim Faughnan told the University Council at its March 18 meeting.
Reported crime incidents fell from 1,097 in 2008 to 921 in 2008, said Faughnan, who presented the annual Campus Safety Report. Burglaries fell from 21 in 2008 to nine in 2010.
“We like to think that we played a part in that by working to educate students and the community: Protect your property, lock your doors, look out for each other,” said Faughnan, who took over the position in December.
The University saw its largest declines in some of its most frequently reported crimes. For examples, criminal mischief fell from 166 in 2008 to 82 in 2010; harassment dropped from 91 in 2008 to 77 in 2010; petit larceny declined from 189 to 121 in the time period; and disorderly conduct dropped from 76 to 35 in the three years.
“These are the kinds of offenses that affect the quality of life,” Faughnan said. “These are the ones that our student population are most likely to be victimized by. (The numbers) are good news. It means we are being successful in the community.”
The 33-member University Police received nearly 40,000 service calls to dispatch in 2010, Faughnan said. While 196 people were arrested on 246 charges last year, about 800 on-campus cases referred to University Judicial Process. The force also took part in continuing campus initiatives such as risk assessment programs for faculty and staff; monitoring of the campus’ 66 blue light telephones; and working with the state Department of Transportation on the upcoming Route 201 bridge replacement.
“We view the continuing involvement both on and off campus as critical,” Faughnan said. “We do a great deal of community outreach – hundreds of educational programs in the residence halls.
“My message is: We’ve been successful. It’s a very exciting time to be part of Binghamton. I’m honored to have been asked to take this position and to keep moving forward.”
In other business, the University Council approved resolutions increasing parking fines and fees by 7 percent. It is the first increase since the fall of 2008, Vice President for Administration James Van Voorst said.