The number of crimes being committed on campuses has definitely been on the rise since sometime, even though the rise is slight. Theft, assault, rape, murder etc are a part of any student’s fears now. Even during college breaks these crimes are committed (Carter, p.1). As it is said, during breaks a vast number of crimes are committed, theft in particular. According to sources, “Crime on campus doesn’t necessarily take a break. In fact, the lack of students on campus may result in a rash of burglaries as criminals take advantage of fewer eyes to observe their larcenies. However, there is some solace in the fact that crime on campus nationwide is up only slightly. Despite record enrollment at the nation’s colleges and universities, serious crimes committed on campus in 2002 rose less than 2 percent based upon reported criminal offenses as required by federal law under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (Crime on college campuses goes up slightly, p.1).
According to the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., which is an autonomous educational research organization and it evaluated on-campus crimes that were brought to the notice of the U.S. Department of Education at civic and private, nonprofit, four-year institutions and compared them to the crimes that were reported in the year 2001. According to the results of this evaluation, “there were a total of 34,573 serious crimes on the nation’s college campuses in 2002 as compared to 34,034 reported in 2001, a slight increase of 1.5 percent. They broke down as follows: 23,136 burglaries, 4,511 motor vehicle thefts, 2,220 aggravated assaults, 2,200 forcible sex offenses, 1,503 robberies, 948 arsons, 21 murders, 32 non-forcible sex offenses, 2 negligent manslaughters” (Crime on college campuses goes up slightly, p.1).
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