Alcohol caused a ton of trouble on and off campus last year.
While the number of liquor-law arrests decreased for the third consecutive year, the amount of disciplinary actions or referrals relating to alcohol on campus property and in residence halls spiked in 2006, according to Campus Safety Service’s annual security report.
A total of 175 disciplinary actions were taken because of alcohol on campus and in residence halls, a 108 percent increase from the 84 referrals issued for the same offenses in 2005.
In public areas in the off-campus jurisdiction of the campus police, the number of disciplinary actions or referrals to the university jumped from 24 transgressions in 2005 to 196 offenses in 2006.
The number of reported burglaries on campus and in residence halls also increased significantly last year.
On campus and in residence halls, 146 burglaries were reported in 2006, compared to 65 reported burglaries the previous year. Off campus, the number of burglaries increased from 15 in 2005 to 65 in 2006.
Burglary involves “the act of a entering a building or other premises with the intent to commit theft,” according to The American Heritage Dictionary.
Theft remains the most reported crime on campus, although the numbers for that offense have gradually decreased in the last three years. On campus, 244 thefts were reported last year while 234 thefts were reported off-campus.
To counteract theft, students, faculty and staff can utilize the campus police free registration service for bicycles and computers. With this service, the serial number of the property and the name, address and phone number of the owner will be recorded into a database, which will aid campus police in the recovery of stolen items.
To register for the service, students, faculty and staff must bring their bike or computer to Campus Police Headquarters at 1101 W. Montgomery Ave.
The annual security report, the daily crime log and victim resources and support can be viewed on Campus Safety Service’s Web site at https://css.ocis.temple.edu/.
Tyson McCloud can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.