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Crime at SHSU rises since 2011

Multimedia Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 01:01

Crime

Stephen Green | The Houstonian

From 2011 to 2012 the reported crimes at SHSU have increased, but police say it’s for the best.


For the past two years alcohol violations, theft and credit/debit card abuse have been the three most reported crimes at Sam Houston State University according to the 2011-2012 SHSU Police Department daily crime logs.


In 2011 94 cases of alcohol related violations were reported to the University Police Department, while in 2012 132 cases were reported making alcohol related crimes the largest crime increase from 2011-2012.


Alcohol related crimes could include anything from public intoxication to a minor in consumption.


Chief Kevin Morris of the University Police Department says that the reported increase is good because it shows students that UPD is out there giving tickets and that they aren’t afraid to give them.


Theft is the second largest reported crime at SHSU; in 2011 52 cases of theft were reported while in 2012, 59 were reported.


Morris explained that theft has been an ongoing problem at SHSU and advises all students to keep a lookout.


“To avoid being a victim of theft students should keep all of their valuables on them at all times and make sure to never leave their books or bags unattended”, said Morris.

Since he began in 1993, Morris said the biggest change in crime has been the way they are committed.


“In all of my years at SHSU I have noticed that crimes have gone from known to anonymous, meaning that a lot of crimes now days are committed via the computer or other electronic devices”, said Morris.


Credit/debit card abuse has increased over the years with the advancement of technology, but between 2011-2012 credit/debit card abuse has actually decreased. In 2011 there were a reported 35 cases of credit/debit card abuse but in 2012 only 14 cases were reported.


With the advancement of technology comes the advancement in cyber security which may explain the decrease in credit/debit card abuse at SHSU.


UPD has noted these changes and has planned accordingly so that they can better serve the students, faculty and staff of SHSU.


All crimes reported to UPD can be viewed online at shsu.edu/~upd_www/upd/.

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