ASU releases 2012 crime stats

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. -  Arizona State University has released its crime statistics for the 2012 calendar year. The report is published by Oct.1 of each year and provides crime statistics for the previous three-year period.

The report shows that on the Tempe campus, the number of aggravated assaults is actually down from the previous year. Thirty aggravated assaults were reported in 2011, but that number dropped to 13 in 2012.

The number of drug violations and liquor law arrests was also down.

However, the number of robberies around ASU went up slightly, from 15 in 2011 to 17 in 2012.

The number of forcible sexual offenses was also up. Twenty-one were reported in 2011, but 27 were reported in 2012.

On the downtown Phoenix campus, thefts, burglaries and drug and liquor offenses all showed marked increases.

The crime statistics have been compiled in accordance with definitions taken from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook as required by Clery Act regulations and modified by the Hate Crime Statistics Act.

The full report can be viewed online. A hard copy of the report is available upon request from the ASU police station at 628 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 480-965-1972.

ASU officials say most crimes that occur around the campus are property related and violent crimes are almost always associated with alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption by ASU students has been lower than the national average for college student drinking and has decreased further in the last several years.