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Annual Safety Report Released

Penn State PoliceOn October 2nd, Penn State sent out an annual safety report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the College and University Security Information Act, and the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act. You can find the original document here. Analysts here at Onward State have gone through the document and highlighted the most interesting information. Below is a summary:

Penn State UP Numbers

The following is a breakdown of the numbers of students and faculty at Penn State University Park:

  • 12,000 undergrads who live on campus
  • 1,000 graduate students who live in on-campus housing
  • 23,000 undergrads who live off campus
  • 6,000 graduate students who live off campus
  • 16,000 or more faculty and staff

Penn State Safety Resources

Penn State employs the following:

  • 49 Police Officers
  • 2 Security Officers
  • 5 Police Dispatch Recorders
  • 4 Assistance Police Service Officers
  • 200 Student Auxiliary Police

Note: the Penn State Police Officers all have bachelor’s degrees, have completed training that all municipal police in PA have completed, take 90-100 hours of in-service training per year and specialize in “crime prevention, fingerprint technology, evidence technology, hazardous device technology, emergency first aid, CPR/AED, weapons and tactics.”.

Crime Statistics

The following are reported figures for 2008:

  • 20 cases of forcible sex offenses
  • 3 cases of robbery
  • 12 cases of aggravated assault
  • 94 cases of burglary
  • 5 cases of motor vehicle theft
  • 16 cases of arson
  • 2 cases of race-related hate crime
  • 4 arrests for weapons violations
  • 278 arrests for drug law violations
  • 1197 arrests for liquor law violations

Campus Crime Statistics

The following are results from 2008 University Park Campus statistics.

  • 1 case of firearm robbery
  • 2 cases of strong armed robbery
  • 1 case of knife assault
  • 8 cases of strong-arm assault (hands, fists, feet, etc.)
  • 11 cases of forced entry burglary
  • 39 cases of unlawful, unforced entry buglary
  • 413 cases of theft (not including cars)
  • 4 cases of auto theft
  • 4 cases of arson
  • 51 cases of non-aggravate assault
  • 6 cases of forgery and counterfeiting
  • 57 cases of fraud
  • 5 cases of stolen property
  • 364 cases of vandalism
  • 1 case of carrying or possessing weapons
  • 22 cases of sex offenses (excluding prostitution and rape)
  • 4 cases of selling opium/cocaine
  • 13 cases of selling marijuana
  • 1 case of selling “other”
  • 1 case of opium/cocaine possession
  • 136 cases of marijuana possession
  • 1 case of synthetic drug possession
  • 2 cases of “other” possession
  • 119 cases of driving under the influence
  • 571 cases of liquor law offense
  • 150 cases of drunkeness
  • 213 cases of disorderly conduct
  • 1 case of vagrancy
  • 66 cases of “all other offenses” (excluding traffic violations)

Our analysis also showed that for the majority, the actual crime incident rate is less than the average rate of occurrence.

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Steve S.

Steve Sharer is a Security and Risk Analysis major and an overall good guy. He brings Onward State readers enticing posts such as "Question of the Day" and "Campus Explorer" and will continue to do so until he becomes the President of the United States of America in 2024.


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