State of the Campus – Department of Security Update
Based on campus crime statistics for 1998 and 1999, the Department of Security is proud to announce that Jefferson’s campus has been fortunate to experience a reduction in several of the key crime categories used in law enforcement reporting, and releases the following information:
In the last two years, campus wide, Jefferson has had no homicides, 2 forcible sexual offenses, 5 non-forcible sexual offenses, 5 robberies, 29 assaults, 5 burglaries, 528 thefts and no incidents of arson. Burglary dropped by 100 percent between FY 98 and 99, forced sexual assault dropped from 4 incidents in 1998 to one in 1999, still not acceptable but one crime that is difficult to anticipate and to take preventative measures against. Robbery dropped by 75 percent. Theft, the most persistent problem, has dropped three years in a row. Between 1997 and 1998, theft dropped by 7 percent while between 1998 and 1999 we experienced at 28 percent drop. Assault, however, continued an upward trend, and, between 1998 and 1999, we experienced a 19 percent increase.
Monthly Trend Reports
The Security department utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to assist these efforts. For example, closed circuit television cameras are located in strategic areas, and card access in many labs, the residence halls and some building entrances. Based on monthly crime charts, Security maintains aggressive patrols and increased identification card checks.
Students and employees also benefit from Security Awareness briefings to make them aware of potential problems.
How the Security Department Keeps Crime Down
So, for example, in the Hospital Buildings there were 3,030,928 visits in 1999 and 237 criminal offenses. This indicates that there were 7.8 crimes per 100,000 visits. In 1998 there were 10.4 criminal offenses per 100,000 visits, indicating that there was a 25 percent decrease in criminal activity within Hospital Buildings in 1999.
In the University Buildings, there were 2,063,700 visits in 1999 and 75 criminal incidents, or 3.6 crimes per 200,000 visits by employees, students and visitors. In the previous year, there were 141 incidents or 7.0 incidents per 100,000 visits. Therefore, in 1999 University Buildings experienced a 49 percent decrease in criminal activity.
Calculating residence halls in the same way, in 1999 there were 1.3 crimes per 200 residents down from 2.71 in l998, which represents a 52 percent decrease in criminal activity.
Cooperating Agencies Support Security Department Goals
Representatives of the Security Department also attend monthly meetings of the Center City District, which comprises members of area businesses.
The Security Department enjoys a close affiliation with the PATCO Police Department, with whom they share information.
The Security Department’s close association with the SEPTA Police Department provides a source of information about problems experienced within their transportation system.
Safe Corridor Program
Strategy Pays Off