UAlbany Police Department Reports Safest Year
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4981
ALBANY, NY (February 21, 2002) -- The incidence of crime reported at
the University at Albany last year was the lowest since records were
first collected in 1980.
The University Police Department's annual report shows 810 crimes reported
in 2001, down from 998 in 2000. The biggest decreases were in petit
theft, which declined 35 percent, and grand larceny, which declined
34 percent. Burglary declined 31 percent, while alcohol related incidents
declined 60 percent. Only two crime categories rose during this period.
Assaults rose from 13 incidents in 2000 to 17 in 2001, and robbery rose
from three to five incidents in the same time period.
In all other crime categories, the numbers reported remained stable
or declined. Overall arrests declined to 219 from 255, and the UPD conducted
328 traffic stops.
"The UPD continues to work hard, " said UPD Chief Frank Wiley, "to
improve itself to better serve the University community and contribute
to the very qualify of life here at the University at Albany."
In one of its many innovations for 2001, the UPD established a Victim
Assistance Liaison to help victims access both on and off campus support
services, including academic support. The UPD also introduced a new
compliment and suggestion form intended to make the feedback process
more convenient. As a consequence of the terrorist acts of September
11, the department enhanced security at sporting and other events by
screening packages, using metal detection and increasing police presence.
Additionally, UPD established its first K-9 unit. The dog has, among
others skills, the specific ability to detect explosives.
"We've had the safest year on record," said Chief Wiley, "I attribute
this to the dedication of our officers, useful community feedback and
the responsible behavior of our students and staff. Our increased security,
including our successful Blue Light phones program, has also helped
enormously. I look forward to a most successful year in 2002."
Citizen Satisfaction Surveys conclude that some 90 percent found UPD
officers to be "good" to "excellent," while 89 percent rated the department
"good" to "excellent." In rating campus safety, some 92 percent of those
surveyed felt "safe" or "very safe," up from 83 percent in 2000. For
more on the University at Albany Police Department, visit http://police.albany.edu.
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