21, No. 9, Nov. 1, 2001
Annual crime report: Overall crime
down; aggravated assault/battery up
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
Crime declined in all but one category in the UI reporting district
during the 2000-2001 academic year, according to the annual crime report
released last month.
From Sept. 1, 2000, to Aug. 31, 2001, aggravated assaults and batteries
increased 39 percent. There were 113 incidents reported during that
period, compared with 81 reported during the same period the previous
The number of aggravated assaults and batteries was the second highest
in the past six years, exceeded only by the 1995-1996 academic year
when 118 such incidents occurred. During the 1996-1997 academic year,
87 aggravated assaults and batteries were reported, and 110 and 112
occurred during the following two academic years, respectively.
During the 2000-2001 academic year, the majority of the aggravated assault/battery
victims were male community residents between the ages of 21 and 29.
The majority of the crimes occurred on Saturday and Sunday nights between
midnight and 6 a.m.
"The connection between alcohol and/or drug use and becoming a
victim is a major concern," UI police Capt. Kris Fitzpatrick said.
past academic year, 34 percent of the aggravated assault/battery victims
had been using drugs or alcohol as had 52 percent of the sexual assault
victims," Fitzpatrick said. "Individuals who over-consume
are creating an environment where their health and safety is at risk.
Many of these types of crimes might be avoided if individuals drank
More than half the referrals to McKinley Health Center for drug and
alcohol evaluations come from the police department, according to B.
Ilene Harned, a health educator at the center.
During the 2000-2001 academic year, 290 students were referred to the
health center for evaluation as a result of overdoses, behavioral problems
or other factors, Harned said.
Criminal sexual assaults and robberies during the 2000-2001 academic
year were both down slightly from the same period the prior year, from
20 to 18 and 40 to 35, respectively. Public indecency and peeping tom
cases decreased by 45 percent, from 29 the previous year to 13.
Burglaries of motor vehicle parts were down substantially as well. Just
one such incident was reported during the 2000-2001 academic year compared
with nine such cases during the prior academic year. Burglaries from
motor vehicles declined 34 percent as well (210 burglaries reported
versus 319 the previous year).
The incidence of residential burglaries also declined, to 171 such incidents
from 192 during the 1999-2000 academic year.
The UI crime report includes incidents that occurred in an area extending
from University Avenue on the north to Windsor Road on the south, Race
Street on the east and the railroad tracks just east of Neil Street
on the west.
- Use well-lit
and busy sidewalks.
- Avoid walking
alone or walking near vacant lots, alleys, wooded areas or construction
- Always take the
safest route, even if its a little longer.
- If you feel you
are being followed, cross the street, and head for the nearest well-lit
- Carry a whistle
or personal alarm.
- Never hitchhike.
- Walk facing traffic
so that you can see approaching cars.
- Walk in pairs
When using public
- Use popular and
- When you are
on the bus, sit near the driver.
- Be aware of who
gets off the bus with you. If you feel uncomfortable, walk to a place
where there are other people.
www.dps.uiuc.edu/crimepreventionpages/personal.htm for more information.