By: Lanetra Bennett
October 2, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Crime on FSU's campus has gone down or held steady in most cases.
The university has released its annual report that breaks down crimes reported on or near the college campus.
Some of the crimes did make big jumps between 2011 and 2012. Aggravated assault went down by more than half and the number of motor vehicle thefts nearly doubled.
FSU's annual campus safety report says shows that motor vehicle thefts have jumped up from 12 in 2011 to 21 in 2012.
The report says 58 percent of those thefts are of scooters.
FSU student Devin Dudley says, "Sometimes you'll see scooter strewing around campus kind of messed up. I just never leave my car unlocked and I try not to leave anything valuable int it; it's the best way to go."
Police say while scooters are easy to operate and park, they are also highly portable and easy to steal by simply picking them up and hauling them away in a vehicle.
The report says the number of aggravated assaults reported on or near campus went down from 11 to just 5.
Burglaries, which is the highest occurring crime on the report, dipped from 77 to 74.
FSU student Jermaine Lawrence says, "I don't want to be a causality because of someone else's mishaps or wrongdoings. So, I just try to be careful at all times."
The report says manslaughter went from one to none, and forcible sex crimes and robberies stayed the same at 5 and 14 respectively.
FSU student Lauren Schwec says, "At night I always walk with a group of friends. But, there's a lot of different ways to stay safe. They have that blue light system, so you can always push that. But, I feel very safe generally on campus."
FSU's president and police chief say they are committed to safety.
The report also includes information on crime prevention programs, safety tips, and important phone numbers. Click on the attached document to view the report.
Press Release: Florida State University
A message from FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
This message has been approved by Kyle Clark, Vice President of Finance & Administration, for distribution to all faculty, staff and students currently taking classes.
Florida State University’s annual campus safety report is now available online as required by the Federal Jeanne Clery Act. The report contains statistics from the previous three years of reported crimes that occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by FSU and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. It also includes a fire safety report, emergency notification procedures and guidelines for missing student notifications. Institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, sexual assault, the reporting of crimes and other matters can also be found in this document.
Hard copies of the report are available at the FSU Police Department located at 830 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306, or by contacting the FSUPD Crime Prevention Office at (850) 644-3660 or (850) 644-1388. The report is available in an alternative format upon request by calling (850) 644-9566.
If you have any questions, you may contact Lieutenant Hank Jacob of the FSUPD Support Services Section at (850) 644-2391 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for Main Campus and Lieutenant Steve Sellers, Panama City Campus, at (850) 774-2705 or by email at email@example.com.