In compliance with the Clery Act, Ferris State University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the University Crime Report for the 2013 calendar year, detailing all crime and non-criminal incidents on campus.
Passed into law in 1990, the goal of the Clery Act is to provide students and their families with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus so that they can make informed decisions and thereby prevent instances of crime or personal harm on college campuses.
Throughout last year there was a total of 101 reports made about non-criminal instances such as calls regarding fires, need of rescue or EMS response, hazardous non-fire incidents, or calls the resulted in a false alarm. For these, the report notes that the average response time of officers and fire department workers was just over five minutes.
The amount of parking violations issued in 2013 decreased noticeably from the amount reportedly issued in 2012, with 13,291 people issued violations in 2012 and 12,554 issued violations in 2013. Although the amount of people issued parking permits in 2013 was lower by several hundred people.
In the two year comparison of criminal instances the decreases, increases, or lack thereof in criminal incidents were reported. Aggravated assault, robbery, cases of stolen property, and obscenity went unchanged while non-aggravated assault, larceny, motor vehicle theft, fraud and forgery, liquor violations and disorderly conduct increased.
Criminal Sexual Assault in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th all saw increases in the past year as did intimidation/stalking, burglary, damage to property, violation of control substance, obstructing justice, weapons offense, hit & runs, OWI, trespassing and miscellaneous criminal offense all saw increases.
Of non-criminal instances, only juvenile offense and missing persons remained the same from 2012. Accident accidents regarding fire, hazardous condition, false fire alarms, traffic violations and accidents, accidental fire, mental health and general information all saw increases while civil matters, lost and found property, false intrusion alarm, property inspection, assist, parking violations, private property violations and administration violations all decreased from the previous year.
To view the 2013 Crime Report in full visit http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/ othersrv/campussafety/doc/AnnualReport.pdf.