The University Record, September 14, 1992

New safety reference guide sheds light on campus crime

Tabs for textbooks may total hundreds of dollars, but students will get one handy reference guide free.

Some 58,000 copies of the U-M’s first edition of the Campus Safety Handbook and Annual Security Report will be mailed to all students, faculty and staff this week.

The handbook, published by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), provides information on issues of campus safety, including lists of emergency services and phone numbers, safety-related counseling resources offered by the University and the community, crime prevention tips, and campus crime statistics. Also covered are University regulations regarding alcohol and drugs, arson and false alarms, and possession of weapons.

Universities are now required by federal law to make statistics on campus crime available to students, faculty, staff and the public. Statistics in the Campus Safety Handbook and Annual Security Report show the level of crime on the Ann Arbor campus remained fairly constant from 1988 to 1991, except for increases in burglary and larceny in 1990. (See accompanying chart.)

Reports of criminal sexual conduct—first and third degree and second and fourth degree—more than doubled during the four years, from 13 in 1988 to 29 in 1991.

DPS Director Leo J. Heatley says the handbook’s lists of phone numbers and maps are particularly helpful for quick reference. The crime statistics also can make members of the campus community aware of the kinds of crimes that are occurring so they can work to prevent them, he adds.

Additional copies of the Campus Safety Handbook and Annual Security Report will be available at DPS offices at 525 Church St. and the North Campus Commons and at the Campus Information Center desk, Michigan Union.