The Office of Safety and Security released the 2010 Annual Report on Campus Crime, Fires, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs in an email to the Bowdoin community on Monday.
Changes in the numbers between 2009 and 2010 did not illustrate any conclusive themes. The annual report is federally mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. While the report covers a wide variety of issues, it does not include statistics on bike thefts, larceny, and mild misdemeanors, all of which occur frequently on campus.
Violations are divided between the geographic areas of on-campus, non-campus property, and public property. Public property is defined as the areas immediately in the vicinity of campus.
On-campus arrests for liquor law violations increased from one in 2009 to 12 in 2010. According to Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols, 12 "was not a high number" for a whole year. There were also eight arrests for liquor law violations on public property in 2010, as opposed to five in 2009.
Six of the on-campus arrests were from one underage-drinking incident in February 2010, when a Brunswick police officer found students intoxicated in a car at the Farley parking lot. As the annual report does not track operating under the influence, the driver of the vehicle was not included with these six but was instead counted in the 146 on-campus judicial referrals for liquor law violations.
The number of these referrals—down from 152 in 2009 and 181 in 2008—is still "comparable to other years," said Nichols, but "each year is slightly different...so [an increase or decrease] is nothing statistically out of the ordinary."
He noted that Security may have simply encountered fewer students, thus accounting for the decrease. There were also 25 referrals on public property in 2010, an increase from 14 in 2009 and six in 2008.
Nichols explained that the discrepancy between the number of arrests and referrals is largely due to the fact that "police rarely take enforcement on campus." Security frequently monitors parties and responds to raise complaints and thus accrues more on-campus encounters than the Brunswick Police Department.
Natural variation also occurs in other categories of the report. It lists six counts of burglary in 2010, down from 10 in 2009. Nichols explained that the 2011 number would be elevated due to the Coles Tower bruglaries last semester. Furthermore, seven sex offenses were reported this year, up from five in 2009 and one in 2008.
Nonetheless, an elevated number of incidents do not necessarily equate with more crime, and may reflect only increased reporting, said Nichols.