Number of reported crimes increase on University of Missouri campus

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, September 27 2017 Sep 27, 2017 Wednesday, September 27, 2017 8:06:00 PM CDT September 27, 2017 in News
By: Jake Cookson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA --- The Missouri University Police Department reported a rise in rape, domestic violence and other forms of arrest on campus in the Annual Fire Safety and Security Report Wednesday.

The release from MUPD provided detailed statistics on reported crimes for on-campus, non-campus, public property and student housing crimes reported to the station over the past three calendar years.

Reports of stalking have shown the largest on-campus increase since 2014, going from 10 reports to 31. Reports of on-campus rape have shown the second-largest increase, going from six in 2014 to nineteen in 2016.

Reports of went down, including arson, robbery and aggravated assault.

Lt. Kevin Rodgers said, “Our number one priority is safety on campus.”

He said expanding the number of officers on campus is one way to ensure more crimes are reported.

“We are increasing our numbers on campus, we have officers on bike patrol on a regular basis and foot patrol,” Rogers said.

Rogers said it’s “very possible” that’s why the numbers went up.

MU freshman Elijah Holder said, “I see them a lot so that’s always a good thing, because if they’re always circling the areas they’re always going to see what’s going on.”

MUPD currently offers several student resources to help battle crime. These include on-campus escorts, self-defense training classes and an emergency phone system. 

According to Rodgers, the community can also play a large role in reporting crimes by becoming knowledgeable about the options.

"We are not the only ones that offer resources, and there are several options for people to come and report crimes,” he said.

MU is home to the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, or RSVP, another option for reporting crimes. The center is located in the basement level of the MU student center.

RSVP offers students confidential reporting, as well as crisis intervention through a “professional trauma-informed staff.”

Individuals or groups can sign up for preventative educational programs on sexual violence, relationship violence and more on the center's website.

The center provides a list of 24-hour hotlines, legal advocacy for survivors and referrals to counseling within the MU system umbrella.

A full list of MU resources and programs can be found on the university's website.

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