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APSU Police releases annual crime report

APSU experienced a decline in the number of burglaries committed on campus while drug law violations doubled, according to the yearly Clery Act Annual Security and Fire Safety Report recently published by APSU Police.

The report covers crimes committed within APSU Police jurisdiction, which includes the APSU main, Springfield, Fort Campbell and Dickson campuses, from 2012 to 2014.

In accordance with the recently amended Clery Act, more specific categories of sex offenses were added to the crime and fire safety report: rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape.

These have taken the place of the original sexual violence categories of forcible sex offenses and nonforcible sex offenses.

This means APSU students can now see the specific sexual offenses committed on campus.

According to this year’s crime report, there have been a total of four sexual crimes, two counts of rape and two counts of fondling, committed on campus in 2014.

In conjunction with crimes relating to sexual assault, the Clery Act added more specific categories of hate crimes: hate crimes towards a person’s national origin and gender identity. This expands the hate crime category from six separate offenses to eight.

According to the report, there have not been any hate crimes on campus or any of the reported locations under APSU police jurisdiction in 2014 or during previous years.

In 2014, there were 10 burglaries, one motor vehicle theft, two robberies, seven counts of domestic violence, 26 liquor law violations, 12 drug law violations and one count of illegal weapon possession.

This is a decrease in every category from 2013 except robbery, which occurred twice in 2014 and once in 2013, sexual offenses, which occurred four times in 2014 and twice in 2013 and drug law violations, which occurred 12 times in 2014 and six times in 2013.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors to the APSU campus are urged to contact campus police by dialing 9-1-1 if they are ever a victim to or witness of a crime on campus.

Crime reports are provided annually and are available on the campus police website under the Clery Act tab at www.apsu.edu/police.

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