Annual crime report: breakdown of 2015-2017 university crimes


An Iowa State Police officer at a traffic stop on Union Drive. 

Devyn Leeson

Trends from the Iowa State Police Department’s annual report show incidents of sexual assault and alcohol violations are slightly up while other crimes remained consistent or went down.

The 2018 annual report on university crime statistics was released Monday, showing the statistics for crimes handled by university police from 2015 to 2017.

Situations handled by university police could include crimes which occur on university property, including leased facilities, events which interfere with any university obligation – whether legal, contractual or otherwise, or events occurring between members of the university community of students, faculty, staff and visitors to Iowa State property.

Not all of the crimes had to happen on campus, but the majority did, according to the report.

“This report also outlines educational programming that the ISUPD provides on a variety of topics including how to report crimes on campus, violent incident response training, personal safety, threat assessment, crime prevention, alcohol/drug awareness and resources available to victims,” said Iowa State Police Department Police Chief Michael Newton, to start off the report.

In the report it explains the breakdown of the crimes reported and investigated from previous years until 2017.

Sexual assaults on campus have had a slight increase over the years; In 2015 the number of sexual assaults was 25, in 2016 it was 26 and in 2017 it was 29. This coincided with an increase in alcohol and drug related arrests. In 2015, there were 326 arrests made for alcohol or drug related incidents compared to 365 arrests in 2016 and 430 in 2017.

While the number of arrests increased, the number of referrals decreased. In 2015 there were 309 referrals while 2017 had 18 fewer violations These referrals only happened for on campus incidents of alcohol.

Incidents of burglary and aggravated assault were also down since 2015. In total burglaries were reduced by 13, constituting a 62 percent decrease from 2015 to 2017. Similarly aggravated assaults were reduced by half from 10 to five.

Incidents of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking stayed relatively consistent over the three-year period the statistic observed.

The report also outlined the resources available for people affected by crime and how to report crimes. According to the report, the university has been holding events to educate the public on these resources, and in 2017, there were 300 presentations made on campus safety and related resources accumulating more than 48,000 attendees.