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Alcohol referrals in res halls have dropped
Police offer input on the 2011/2012 Cougar Annual Safety and Fire Report.
Published 10/5/2011
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An unlocked door will give opportunity for burglary, a common crime on campus during the last three years, poilce warn.

The 2011/2012 Cougar Annual Security and Fire Report describes a detailed list of comparative crime statistics and fire rates for on and off campus from 2008 through 2010.

Lt. Steve Hansen with the WSU Police Department said one of the most pressing issues is burglary on campus.

“Many of the things we deal with are alcohol and drug related, but there are some issues with burglary,” Hansen said. “I think this kind of reminds students that as much of a trustworthy community as it may be, students need to lock their doors when they leave.“

Data shows that in 2008, 2009 and 2010, there were 27, 23 and 21 cases of
burglary in the respective years, according to the report.

“It may be an inconveniency at times when you are just walking down the hall to use the restroom or to talk with a friend, but locking the doors will be helpful in lowering the occurrence of these events,” Hansen said. “Many times crimes and burglary are acts of opportunity.“

Hansen said in order to make sure these rates go down, students need to remember to lock their doors in the residence halls.

According to the report, from 2008 to 2010, drug arrests were totaled at 121, 122 and 128 respectively. Drug referrals increased from 59 in 2008 to 213 in 2010.

“You always see an emphasis on drugs and alcohol,” he said. “Many times they are the root cause of the things we deal with. The statistics are out there so people can make informed choices.”

According to the report, in 2010 the total alcohol referrals on campus decreased by 168, from 808 in 2008 and 2009 to 639 in 2010. Comparatively, alcohol arrests remained relatively constant during the three-year spread with 175, 188 and 187, respectively.

In on-campus residences specifically, there was a decrease from 474 alcohol referrals in 2009 to 391 in 2010, the report states. On-campus alcohol arrests decreased as well from 17 arrests in 2008 to five in 2010.  

“Most of the drug and alcohol referrals come from within the residence hall staff,” Hansen said.

According the report, there has been no criminal activity in any of the extension sites.

“There could be a number of different reasons why there is no criminal activity in the WSU extension facilities,” Hansen said. “It could be because of location, it could be because there are no students there. Some of the crimes may not fit the Cleary definitions of what needed to be reported.”

Kimberly Clark, a
sophomore genetics and cell biology major, sees concerns in the data represented in the report.

“With the increase in alcohol and drug arrests on campus, I feel that it is both good and bad,” Clark said. “To me, this makes me feel that while more students are being caught, this probably means that there are more students drinking.”

Junior wildlife ecology major Nikole Yearout said she would like to see more action taken by the university and its affiliates.

“With burglary and sexual assault occurring on campus in any quantity, I would like to see the university take a more active role in lowering these statistics,” Yearout said.


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