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College crime rate increases, rate remains low on campus
by Bill Clough
Oct 26, 2012 | 1418 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Crimes committed at the Beeville campus of Coastal Bend College are higher than the system’s other campuses, according to an annual report presented at last Thursday’s regular meeting of the CBC board of directors.

The annual report, mandated by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, shows crime incidents at Kingville and Pleasanton campuses are static; incidents at Alice are lower.

Between July 2011 and August 2012, campus security at Beeville received complaints on two assaults, one sexual; three thefts; three burglaries and one burglary of a motor vehicle, which resulted in four arrests.

In the same year, incidents at Kingsville included one alcohol violation and one arrest; Pleasanton recorded one assault, one theft and one case of vandalism. No incidents were reported at Alice.

One factor which may have contributed to the decrease in crime at Alice, the report says, was the increase in traffic from the number of students enrolled in the college’s continuing education truck-driving classes.

The report notes that, while the number of incidents went down slightly at the Beeville campus, the seriousness of the crimes went up, noting that crime last year there was the highest in three years.

“As the number of student interactions increase so does exposure,” says CBC President, Dr. Beatriz Espinoza. “CBC is mindful of the increasing violence on college campuses, therefore it has taken several measures over the last couple of years to improve safety on campus sites and activities.

“Some examples include new policy, increased police services, and student training on prevention and reporting of crimes.”

That increase has prompted the facility here to add additional security both during the day and at night.

Collectively, the number and types of crimes and arrests last year included:

Assault — 2

Sexual assault — 1

Thefts — 4

Burglaries — 3

Auto burglaries — 1

Alcohol violation — 1

Vandalism — 1

Arrests — 5

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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