Crimes on college campuses, including burglary, motor vehicle and forcible sex offenses and all other crimes totaled over 28,000. That number indicates a 3% increase in committed crimes between 2015 and 2016.

The crimes broke down as such: 12,000 burglaries, 8,900 forced sexual offenses and 35,000 vehicle thefts. 2,200 aggravated assaults and 1,100 robberies were also reported to various law enforcement agencies.

Even with the increase between 2015 and 2016, crimes committed across college campuses have decreased overall.

Data above and below, provided by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics, has shown that, between 2001 and 2006, campus crimes rose 7%, decreased 40% between 2006 and 2014, and rose again by 6% between 2014 and 2016. Overall, campus-related offenses decreased by 32% between the years of 2001 and 2016 for all offenses besides forcible sexual crimes and manslaughter offenses.

Conclusion

That said, college mistakes are bound to happen to some people. Sometimes, when the freedom associated with college and/or the legal and illegal substances begin to flow, poor decisions are made. If you end up adding to the above statistics and require representation, do not hesitate to contact an experienced and results-focused defense attorney.

College is a haven of knowledge, opportunity, and a prime location to discover who you aspire to become, but understand that just like any other environment, danger is present. Being aware of your surroundings, surrounding yourself with a connected group and doing your best to stray from nefarious situations can go a long way.