Violent crime on campus

With the streets of Phoenix spilling into campus life, an interesting new dynamic has changed student university living.

There have been over 15,000 robberies, 16,000 assaults and 10,000 rapes reported on college campuses across the country from 2005 to 2007. With an average amounting to more than 9 sexual assaults a day, it is clear that college campuses need police presence, but how much involvement is necessary?

Over three years ago on the Virginia Tech campus, Cho Seung-Hui, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17. Eight years before the Virginia Tech massacre, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed a total of 13 people on the Columbine high school campus. Last year, Newtown, Connecticut’s elementary school shooting sparked intense discussion over firearm banning and police presence on school campuses.

After the recent developments, it is no surprise that Arizona State University has a large police presence on school grounds. With over 70,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending the university, safety is a main priority.

When asked if he believes police should be apart of college life, police aid and officer for over 27 years, Jeff Sytar, had this to say:

“Yes I do. I think that they have to have some sort of structure and although probably not all the students appreciate the police, I believe the majority of them do.”

Samantha Gauvain recently dealt with an attempted theft of her bicycle. “I found ASU’s police force to be fairly helpful after the attempt to steal my bike. The officer suggested ways I might prevent a future theft; such as registering my bike with ASU’s online bike registration.” Gauvain said.

A campus officer is not only there to prevent violent crime. Campus officers also deal with minor reports, damaged property, patrol of the campus as well as helping cut down on bike theft in the area.

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