Campus safety has hands full with crime increase

According to the newly released 2011 crime statistics, Citrus College recorded an increase in criminal offenses reported.

All of the criminal offenses cited in the annual crime report occurred within the property limits of Citrus College.

The number of combined drug and alcohol offenses reported in the 2011 school year is nearly twice that of the previous four years combined.

Between 2007 and 2010, 21 drug and liquor law violations were reported to the Department of Campus Safety whereas 26 violations were reported in 2011 alone.

There are a multitude of reasons why people bring drugs and alcohol to campus said Ben Macias, interim supervisor of campus safety.

“A lot of students are unaware of the board policies and procedures we have regarding drug and alcohol use on campus,” he said.

Another statistic comes from the sexual offense category. Between 2007 and 2010, no sexual offenses were reported.

However, in 2011 three separate offenses were reported to Campus Safety, the highest number in four years.

Macias said that Campus Safety has a plan to help bring the numbers down and keep students safe.

“We are trying to target it from an education perspective,” Macias said.

“We want more students to know about the board policies and the administrative procedures we have pertaining to any illegal acts on campus.”


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