Public Safety site releases newest campus crime stats

By Katie Engell
March 19, 2009

The crime statistics of Cabrini can be found on the Web site under Public Safety Report, which is updated each year.

These statistics are broken into categories such as murder, sex offenses, motor vehicle theft and liquor law violations.

The statistics show no occurrence of harsh offenses such as manslaughter, murder or motor vehicle theft.

There were 21 charges for burglary in 2007 and two sex offenses during that year also. Most of the offensives fall under the liquor law violation category with 123 last year.

Cabrini College, along with the other colleges and universities in the United States, abide by the guidelines set forth by the Clery Act of 1990.

As a federal law, this act ensures that colleges and universities across the country disclose information regarding crime on campus.

Public and private institutions of post-secondary education who receive financial aid abide by the guidelines of this act.

Violators can be fined up to $27,500 by the U.S. Department of Education for not disclosing the necessary information.

“Safety in schools is without a doubt really important to me as a student and I wouldn’t choose a school where I felt like I could potentially be in danger. I think Cabrini is really safe. I never feel threatened or scared that something bad will happen,” Colleen Welsh Leonard, sophomore early childhood education major, said.

This act was originally known as the Campus Security Act but was changed to be called the Clery Act after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.

Clery’s parents uncovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 other violent crimes on their daughter’s campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with crime victims from other campuses and convinced Congress to enact this law.

The three main components of the Clery Act include annual reports, crime statistics and access to timely information, all of which Cabrini College must keep on record. Crime on campus is an issue that colleges and universities face each academic year.

The mission of Cabrini College’s Public Safety is to protect life and property, to perform services as required and to engender a shared responsibility for the protection and safety of the individual and the community.

Public Safety works with Radnor Township and the Pennsylvania State Police to respond to probable violations of local or state laws.

Criminal incidents or suspicious criminal activity are reported to the Radnor Police as soon as they are discovered by the college’s Public Safety Department.

“I know there’s not much crime on campus and I do feel safe, but I think Public Safety needs to rely more on our own health and well being rather than parking tickets and write ups for alcohol,” Matt Perks, senior chemistry major, said.

Cabrini also issues identification cards to each student and regulates cars on campus by making sure they are registered as commuter or resident.

After 10 p.m., Public Safety closes two of the three entrances to campus and all cars must stop at the gate at the back entrance to control who is coming onto campus.

“I think our school is in an area where there is not much crime and it seems like every small crime is put under a magnifying glass and made out to be something bigger than it really is,” Tim Kain, senior exercise science and health promotion major, said.

“Cabrini’s a small school and Public Safety seems to have things under control and keeping crime at a minimum.”

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