UVA crime stats: alcohol, burglary, sexual assault top list
Update 9/21/07: Apparently, the reason that so many sexual assaults were reported to "other law enforcement agencies" is the result of the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires institutions to report crime statistics for offenses known not only to campus police but also to school officials and local police.
"The Clery Act recognizes that victims may not always report crimes to the
police," says S. Daniel Carter, Senior Vice President of Security On Campus, Inc. "In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Justice fewer than 5 percent of female undergraduates who are the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault report to the police."
In an effort to be as comprehensive as possible, Carter says schools must also report crimes known to school officials such as a Dean or housing director.
"This is also intended to make it less attractive for them to discourage reporting to the police," Carter explains, " since they'll have to report the statistics in either case."
According to the latest data released by the UVA police, there have been 70 reported sexual assaults between 2004 and 2006. Behind liquor violation arrests (272) and reported burglaries (297), that makes sexual assault the third most common crime at UVA. The report also notes that 18 sexual assaults were reported to the UVA police, while 52 were reported to "other law enforcement agencies."
In addition, the report mentions that alcohol arrests are down (125 in 2006 compared to 143 in 2005 ), due to the fact that many of those arrests are made with the help of the Charlottesville City Police in areas away from the University.