Nov 1, 2015 12:52 PM
Drug and alcohol arrests down at UNH, sexual assaults up slightly in 2014
DURHAM — Drug and alcohol arrests are down but reported sexual assaults are up slightly at the University of New Hampshire, according to an annual report of campus crime statistics.
According to seacoastonline.com, in the 2014 calendar year, there were 24 rapes reported, 19 of which occurred on the UNH campus.
In 2013, there were 23 rapes reported, with 15 occurring on-campus. In 2012, there were 21 rapes reported, with 20 occurring on-campus.
Reports of dating violence also increased slightly from 2013 to 2014.
Stalking reports at the university stayed flat, with six reports in 2013 and 2014, all occurring on-campus.
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program Director Amy Culp said she believed the higher numbers may reflect an increase in reporting, not an increase in crime.
UNH Police Chief Paul Dean agreed.
“The university has a strong history of addressing campus dating violence,” he said. “Through continuous educational opportunities and advocacy, UNH encourages the reporting of all crimes. An increase in reporting shows our collective efforts both on- and off-campus are making difference,” he said.
Meanwhile, in 2014, there were 480 alcohol-related arrests made, with 300 occurring on-campus.
This represents an almost 10 percent decrease from 2013, when 527 liquor law arrests were made. Both years, however, are significantly higher than 2012, when 250 were arrested.
Drug arrests also decreased. In 2014, there were 106 drug arrests made, with 94 occurring on-campus. In 2013, there were 121 drug arrests, up from 79 in 2012.
The number of burglaries drastically dropped to 13 in 2014 from 30 in 2013. Arson reports also fell in 2014, dropping to one in 2014 from 12 in 2013.
The data came from the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires all public universities to publish an annual report of crime statistics that occur on or near campus.