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Decrease in crime statistics according to 2019 Annual Security Report

Ohio University has experienced a decrease in crimes reported in 2018, according to the Ohio University 2019 Clery Act Annual Security Report.

The Annual Security Report compares crime statistics on OU Athens campus and regional campuses since 2016. 

“Ohio University is committed to assisting all members of the Ohio University community in providing for their own safety and security,” Kerri Griffin, director of civil rights and compliance and Title IX coordinator, said in a news release.

According to a news release, the report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety, including reports of crime prevention, local law-enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to the security on campus.

Athens campus reports decreased over the past three years except in reports of rape, statutory rape and aggravated assault. 

There were 34 reports of rape on campus in 2018. Four of those reports were in non-campus locations, and 29 were reported in on-campus residential facilities. There were 33 rape repors in 2017, and 32 rape reports in 2016, according to the report.

In 2018, there was one report of statutory rape on Athens campus. There were no reports in 2017 and 2016.

There were six reports of aggravated assault in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, there was only one report each year. 

According to the report, there was a decrease in fondling reports. In 2018, there were seven reports, including four reported in on-campus residential facilities and one on non-campus. 

No robberies were reported in 2018. There were three reports in 2017 and no reports in 2016. 

Burglary reports decreased from 16 reports in 2017 to seven reports in 2018. There were 15 reports of robbery in 2016. 

Reports for arson, dating violence also decreased from 2017 to 2018. 

There were two motor vehicle thefts reported in each year for 2017 and 2018. There were seven reports of motor vehicle thefts in 2016. 

Reports of stalking also remained the same for 2017 and 2018. There were 15 reports for each year and 24 reports of stalking in 2016. 

The crime statistics inclue no reports of murder, manslaughter by negligence or incest since 2016. 

Offenses regarding liquor law and drug law violations significantly decreased in 2018. 

There were 14 liquor law violation arrests on campus in 2018 and 24 arrests on campus in 2017. In 2016, there were 12 arrests for liquor law violations. There were three arrests on public property for liquor law violations, compared to five in 2017 and 15 in 2016.

Drug law violation arrests on campus also decreased with only 256 arrests in 2018. In 2017, there were 324 arrests. There were 28 drug law violation arrests made in 2018, which is an increase from only five in 2017 and eight in 2017.

There was also a decrease in disciplinary referrals for liquor law and drug law violations in 2018. There were 224 liquor violation disciplinary referrals in 2018, 253 in 2017 and 304 in 2017 on campus. Drug law violation referrals also decreased to 20 in 2018 compared to 43 in 2017.

There was also an increase in arrests due to carrying or possessing weapons on campus.  There was only one report of weapons in 2017 but there were two reports in 2018. 

There were no hate crimes reported on campus in 2018. There were two instances of intimidation reported in 2016 and 2017.


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