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Clery Report reveals uptick in campus crime

10/10/11-Los Rios Community College District Police Headquarters at Sacramento City College. Photo illustration by Bob Redd.

According to the “Jeanne Clery Report of Campus Crime Statistics Act,” there has been a rise in motor vehicle thefts and drug law violations at Sacramento City College from 2008-2010.

Among the four major Los Rios Campuses (SCC, ARC CRC, FLC) there was a total of 83 motor vehicle thefts.

Each year colleges and universities across the United States are required by the “Jeanne Clery Report of Campus Crime Statistics Act” or “Clery Report,” to publish crime statistics for the previous three years, excluding the current year. This includes sexual assault policies, security statements, and where students should go to report crimes.

“Many of the vehicles are stolen at various times of the day, but most were stolen during daylight hours,” said Sacramento City Police Captain Valerie Cox. “Sometimes they are recovered, but often not in the same condition in which they were stolen.”

From 2008-2010 there have been 19 motor vehicle thefts at City College, according to the report. Although six of the 19 vehicles stolen were Hondas,
many of the vehicles targeted include Acuras, Toyota Camrys, and Dodge mini vans.

“In many cases when a student reports their vehicle stolen, a Los Rios police officer will meet with them and initiate a police report,” Cox said.

“A police officer will then check the surrounding area where the student said they parked to ensure that the vehicle is, in fact, stolen,” Cox said. “Many times the vehicle is located because students forget where they actually parked.”
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Jesse Wright, a studio techniques major said, “I think that the amount of cars stolen over a three year period isn’t that bad. Although one car stolen is too many, I feel that that’s a pretty small number compared to how many cars are stolen throughout the city each year.

“This is my second semester here at Sac City and so far I haven’t had any of my property stolen,” Wright said. “But I try to make sure that I double-check that my car doors are locked, or if I’m in the library I ask a friend to watch my things if I need to walk away.”

Since 2008, there have been 19 drug law violations at City College. According to Cox, marijuana and methamphetamines are the most common drugs the Los Rios Police Department encounters on campus.

“Any citation or arrest for possession or use of illicit drugs is considered a drug violation,” Cox said.

The action taken by the courts and/or the college where these violations take place will depend upon the student’s prior drug use and/or arrest history, Cox said. When these violations occur, student violators are cited, arrested and/or referred for discipline to the SCC Discipline Officer, Dr. Elaine Ader.

The Sacramento City College Police Department is also the central headquarters for the Los Rios District Police Department. The police services building at Sacramento City College is located on the west side of the parking structure. The Police Office at Sacramento City College also handles the Davis Center, and West Sacramento Center.

As stated in the Clery Report, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to immediately report all crimes, emergencies, suspicious activity and other incidents to the LRPD.

Emergency calls to (916) 558-2221 go to the Los Rios Police Communications Center (LRPCC) which is staffed with trained dispatchers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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