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Campus Crime Statistics Improved in 2013

A recap of the 2013 crime statistics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) shows improvement was made, but employees and students on campus still need to take precautions, especially not talking and texting on cell phones while walking outside.

Overall, according to statistics released by the UMB Police Force for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, the University experienced a 5 percent decrease in crime in 2013 compared to 2012. Most notable decreases occurred in robberies and thefts. However, the University experienced increases in assaults and car thefts.

There were seven robberies in 2013 compared to nine in 2012. UMB had a total of 120 thefts in 2013 compared to 140 in 2012.

Despite the drop in robberies, the link between cell phone use and crime continued with four of the seven robberies involving cell phones. Eight of the nine robberies in 2012 involved cell phones "so we're making progress with our 'Don't Walk and Talk (or Text)' safety awareness campaign," says Antonio "Tony" Williams, MS, chief of the UMB Police Force and assistant vice president for public safety. "We should continue to be vigilant and refrain from texting and talking on cell phones while outside."

However, the number of assaults and car thefts were up noticeably in 2013. There were 24 assaults in 2013 compared to 14 in 2012 and four car thefts in 2013 compared to one in 2012.

The fourth quarter (Oct. 1 to Dec. 31) reflected the upsurge in assaults with seven during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to three assaults during the same period in 2012. Among six crime categories, assault was the only one to show a fourth-quarter increase from 2012.

Chief Williams was quick to point out that these assaults fall into the "involuntary touching" category of someone being pushed or shoved as opposed to aggravated assault, which includes use of a weapon and/or more serious injuries.

Overall, 2013 was an encouraging year for UMB crime statistics.  "We would like to see zeroes in every category, but that isn't realistic, especially since we are located in downtown Baltimore," Williams said. "While I'm happy that we experienced some decreases in important, critical categories of crime such as robberies, we certainly recognize the need to continue to improve our efforts to make our campus safer. Our goal is not only to be a safe campus in terms of lower crime, but we want our community to feel safe while they're on campus."

For a complete look at the 2013 crime statistics at UMB, visit here.
Posting Date: 02/10/2014
Contact Name: Chris Zang
Contact Phone: 410-706-2074
Contact Email: czang001@umaryland.eduz