Police Chief: UCF is a very safe campus
The UCF Police Department released the 2014-15 Uniform Crime Report March 2, and data shows that, while property offenses have increased by 10 percent, violent offenses have decreased by 3.3 percent.
"At a glance, when you consider the growth in the area and the size of the population that we serve, I think that anybody would conclude what I do: This is a very safe campus," said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary.
In 2013 there were 11 forcible rape offenses compared to the 14 offenses in 2014 — a 27.3 percent increase — while robbery and aggravated assault decreased by 16.7 percent and 61.5 percent, respectively. Regarding sexual assault crimes, Beary says alcohol consistently plays the biggest role in these offenses.
Larceny, or the theft of personal property, saw an increase in 2014 by 13.5 percent under property offenses, while burglary and motor vehicle theft decreased by 9.4 percent and 21.4 percent, respectively. Beary said he is still amazed by the number of crimes that involve cars that were unlocked, had their windows rolled down or had valuables conspicuously displayed inside.
And while some students have been petitioning for more security cameras inside campus parking garages, he said the university's budget is what it boils down to. Additionally, even with more cameras, the number of blind spots within a single garage would still pose difficulties in tracking down criminals. Cellphones and bicycles, he added, are the most stolen items on campus.
Domestic violence offenses — with the only reported instances in 2014 being cases of simple assault and simple stalking — also saw a decrease by 33.3 percent.
Total arrests in 2014 decreased by 4.3 percent, from 575 to 550. Out of those arrests, 397 were male, 153 were female, 540 were adults and 10 were juveniles.
The UCR has also made note of stolen and recovered property in 2014, with roughly $200,000 in stolen property reported with roughly $100,000 recovered. Those numbers are down 7.3 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
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