By Kevin Matyi
Crime on campus, especially those related to alcohol and drugs, is nothing new but according to the 2014 Annual Security and Fire Report, numbers are down.
The Annual Security and Fire Report, also known as the Clery report, contains the crime statistics for Stony Brook University over the past three years, the newest update being for 2013. Included in the report are the qualifications for the police department, the definitions of all of the crimes listed-including the various degrees of offense- and information and policies about fires on campus, along with its costs. However, the number of referrals that are given out due to drug/alcohol possession are the largest set of crimes on campus.
There were 178 alcohol-related referrals on campus and in residential facilities, and 162 referrals for drug possession in 2013. Collectively, that is almost 75 percent of all of the university’s 455 total crimes reported for the year. This number is less than the total for 2012, which had 285 alcohol referrals and 149 drug referrals.
Reducing numbers, Stony Brook University Police Assistant Chief Farrell said, is due to people being more aware of the problem.
Assistant Chief Neil Farrell of the Stony Brook University Police Department added the reduced number of crime can be attributed to “crime prevention/awareness education initiatives, increased security efforts and many investigations that resulted in arrests.”
“I think it is important to understand that the University Police are not the only people who can make referrals for discipline,” Farrell said. “Faculty and staff, such as Resident Assistants and Resident Hall Directors, can refer students for violations of the university’s conduct code including liquor, drug and weapons violations.”
The number of referrals would also appear lower if students that are arrested, and therefore also referred, were recorded in a separate category, he added.
The amount of burglary cases recorded was cut nearly in half since last year, resulting in 25 throughout 2013.
Other crimes are also on the decline from 2012-13 include drug arrests, from 40 to 15, and motor vehicle thefts, four to one.
Crimes that haven’t changed from one year to the next are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, incest, and statutory rape, all of which have no reported cases.
The crimes that have increased are: rape, five to six; fondling, six to 12; robbery, two to three; arson, one to two.
Aggravated assault has increased drastically in 2012-13, from two to eight instances.
“Aggravated Assault did increase this year, however, it should be noted that all nine incidents resulted in arrests of the person(s) responsible,” Farrell said.
Due to the recently passed Violence Against Women Act, or V.A.W.A., dating violence, domestic violence and stalking have now been added to the Clery report. This is the first year that they have been added, and so there is no way to know if the number of cases for each of them are increasing, decreasing, or staying the same. However, for 2013, there were 15 reports of dating violence, seven of domestic violence and 16 of stalking.