CAMPUS SAFETY STATISTICS

By Annalisa Purser, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

The University of Utah’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is now available with 2016 data. In addition to reporting annual crime and fire statistics, it includes information about safety and security-related services offered by the university.

While drug and alcohol arrests decreased, other crimes, including reported fondling and domestic violence increased.

“It is devastating to know that members of our community are victims of crime,” said U Police Chief Dale Brophy. “But seeing the reporting of some of these numbers increase, especially those involving sexual violence, indicates that perhaps we have succeeded in creating an environment where victims feel comfortable reporting. It is when we know about these incidents that we can intervene, protect and help victims get access to support and resources.”

In addition to the crime and fire information reported, the document is a comprehensive resource of information about safety training programs; the university’s emergency evacuation, response and notification plans; safety policies; campus and community resources; and sexual misconduct prevention and awareness programs.

The U campus is patrolled 24 hours per day, seven day a week by members of the university’s Department of Public Safety. The officers are fully certified Utah state police officers, and the department is backed by a security staff of more than 70 people. In addition to monitoring and responding to alarms, controlling access to university facilities and patrolling campus, the department offers safety escort services and can assist those who have locked their keys in their vehicle or who need help starting a dead car. To request a service, call dispatch at 801-585-COPS (2677). In an emergency, dial 911.

The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is created in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act. The act seeks to standardize campus reporting so students, staff, faculty and visitors can learn about institutions’ crime histories.

The U report covers the main campus in Salt Lake City, the Sandy Center, the Graduate Center in St. George, the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa in Grand County, Utah, the Range Creek Field Station in Emery County, Utah, and the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center in Montana. The U Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea, has its own Annual Security Report, which will be available by Oct. 1, 2017.

To obtain a printed copy of the report, visit the U Department of Public Safety, 1735 E. South Campus Drive. Requests are also accepted by phone at 801-585-2677 during normal business hours.

Questions regarding the report can be directed to the office of the chief of police at chief@dps.utah.edu.