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Harvard releases annual crime report for the Cambridge and Longwood campuses

Posted by Your Town  September 3, 2013 03:47 PM

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The number of rapes reported confidentially to Harvard University nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to the university's annual crime report.

The report disclosed that the number of "confidential reports" of rape at Harvard went from 12 in 2011 to 23 in 2012. The university defines "confidential reports" as a report that does not include the victim's name, address, or other identifying information.

Steven Catalano, a spokesman for the Harvard University Police Department, said today that because historically rapes are underreported, he hopes the increase means more victims are coming forward, and not that there are more rapes on campus.

"That increase does not necessarily reflect an increase in the amount of crimes on campus," he said.

The number of formal reports of rape were lower: five in 2010, zero in 2011, and 1 in 2012. But confidential reports were higher; in 2010 there were 17 reports. The number of confidential reports dropped to 12 in 2011, and then rose to 23 in 2012.

The report, which details on campus or campus-related crimes for the years of 2010 to 2012, found that most crimes involved property and that there relatively few incidents on the Longwood campus.

Burglaries accounted for much of the crime: 35 in 2010, 24 in 2011, and 34 in 2012.

Outside of a few burglaries, the number of reported crimes on the Longwood campus were virtually nonexistent.

Catalano said that from 2000 to 2012, there was a 33 percent decrease in property crime. The numbers of violent crime have stayed fairly consistent, with some fluctuations.

The annual security report is required by The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the “Clery Act.” The report includes information on how to report a crime, emergency notifications, Harvard’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, and other security-related services.

Catalano also wrote in an e-mailed statement that the HUPD “is committed to providing the Harvard community with a safe and secure campus.”

Catalano wrote that although the reported number of crimes is low, and more than 90 percent of it is property crime, “it is important for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to remember that we are located in an urban setting,” he said.

“Therefore, we share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city,” Catalano wrote. “The safety and security of the University is the shared responsibility of the entire community.”

Criminal offenses on the Cambridge campus:

2010

Murder: 0
Manslaughter: 0
Formal report of rape: 5
Formal report of forcible fondling: 2
Formal report of non-forcible sex offense: 4
Confidential report of rape: 17
Confidential report of forcible fondling: 7
Confidential report of non-forcible sex offense: 0
Robbery: 8
Aggravated assault: 5
Burglary: 35
Motor vehicle theft: 3
Arson: 0

2011

Murder: 0
Manslaughter: 0
Formal report of rape: 0
Formal report of forcible fondling: 4
Formal report of non-forcible sex offense: 0
Confidential report of rape: 12
Confidential report of forcible fondling: 5
Confidential report of non-forcible sex offense: 0
Robbery: 1
Aggravated assault: 7
Burglary: 24
Motor vehicle theft: 3
Arson: 0

2012:

Murder: 0
Manslaughter: 0
Formal report of rape: 1
Formal report of forcible fondling: 1
Formal report of non-forcible sex offense: 0
Confidential report of rape: 23
Confidential report of forcible fondling: 6
Confidential report of non-forcible sex offense: 0
Robbery: 1
Aggravated assault: 2
Burglary: 34
Motor vehicle theft: 3
Arson: 1

For the full report, which includes arrests, biased crimes, disciplinary actions, and "campus-related" crimes, click here.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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