By Billy Huntsman
New Mexico State University Police, in compliance with the Clery Disclosure and Violence Against Women Acts, recently released crime statistics for 2014 for the NMSU system.
The Clery Act requires all institutions receiving Title IV funding to disclose to the public all criminal activity on or near their campuses. VAWA falls under Title IV, providing federal funds to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women.
Las Cruces main campus, Doña Ana central campus – full report here
Reported crimes leading to arrest were largely lesser than in 2013.
There were no cases of statutory rape on-campus in 2014, down from two in 2013.
Instances of stalking were reduced to one in 2014, down from four in 2013.
There were 37 cases of burglary (the unlawful entry of a structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft) in 2014, down from 63 in 2013.
There were 12 cases of motor vehicle theft in 2014, down from 14 in 2013.
There were no cases of carrying and/or possession of weapons on campus in 2014, down from three in 2013.
There were 60 drug abuse violations in 2014, down from 103 in 2013, and 95 liquor law violations in 2014, down from 101 in 2013.
Some crimes did see a rise in 2014, however.
Instances of forcible sex offenses rose to four in 2014, up from two in 2013. Cases of domestic and dating violence rose to 23 in 2014, up from 15 in 2013.
Cases of robbery (the taking, or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear) rose to two in 2014 from none in 2013.
There were three cases of arson in 2014, up from two in 2013.
Other DACC campuses, including East Mesa in Las Cruces – full report here
There was a decrease of burglary in 2014, down to zero from one in 2013. No other crimes of any kind have been reported on any of the campuses.
Alamogordo campus – full report here
Alamogordo saw a decrease of one to zero in cases of dating violence from 2013 to 2014. There were no cases of stalking in 2014, down from two in 2013.
There were no cases of burglary in 2014, down from one in 2013.
Conversely, there were two cases of drug violations in 2014, up from none in 2013.
Grants campus – full report here
There were no instances of burglary at the Grants campus, down from two in 2013. Motor vehicle theft and arson also saw decreases to none in 2014 from one in each in 2013.
There was a forcible sex offense case, which “occurred on campus property (parking lot when campus was closed over Christmas Holiday and persons involved were not students.”
There were also two liquor law violations in 2014, up from none in 2013.
Albuquerque center – full report here
NMSU’s Albuquerque branch reports no crime in 2014.
The Carlsbad campus’ report is forthcoming. This article will be updated once the report is released.
Questions regarding the main campus report can be directed to the NMSU Police Department, (575) 646-3311. As always, emergencies can be reported to 911.