Fall term crime wrap-up
The University of Oregon Police Department responded to 615 crimes during fall term, according to its Clery crime log. Below is a summary of the most notable and commonly occurring campus crimes for fall 2016.
Liquor and drug law violations
UO lived up to its party school reputation this fall, with UOPD reporting 237 liquor and 81 drug law violations. Almost all of these occurred in the residence halls, as UOPD does not include off-campus Minor in Possession citations in the crime log. Bean and Hamilton halls tied for the most booze-soaked dorm, with 60 fall term violations each. Drug and liquor law violations were slightly up compared to last spring term when UOPD reported 264 total cases.
There were 11 sexual assault related crimes reported during fall term: nine rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault. Seven of these occurred on-campus. In November, UO spokesman Kelly McIver told the Emerald, “Sexual assault is too common of a problem in this age group. We think we’re seeing this increase in reports because more services are now available [for survivors].” Reported rapes were up significantly from last spring term when three rapes were reported.
Theft continues to be one of the most common problems near campus and one that UOPD responds to frequently. There are 97 cases of criminal theft listed in the fall crime log. Bicycle theft was most common, while laptop and theft from a vehicle were also prevalent. Once again, this data is just for crimes on or near campus property. Eugene police presumably respond to more thefts in and around off-campus student housing. On-campus theft was also up significantly from last spring term when only 53 thefts were reported.
Failure to register as a sex offender
Two different people were charged with a felony for failing to register as a sex offender at their new addresses. These were both in student housing areas; one at East 13th Ave. and Kincaid St., and the other at 975 High St. There was one case of failure to register as a sex offender last spring, with the offender living at East 8th and Hilyard St.
Other notable incidents
Possession of methamphetamine is a common crime in Eugene, and UOPD arrested and charged 15 people for that crime on campus this fall. Violent crime on campus was rare, but there were two arrests made for on-campus assault. UOPD also reported four cases of stalking, two cases of sex abuse and one case of public indecency.