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Larcenies down, but robberies up at MU

September 26, 2018

HUNTINGTON — While there has been a slight increase in robberies on campus, larceny — the most reported crime at Marshall University — has slowly declined over the past three years, according to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report from the Marshall University Police Department.

Seventy-five larcenies were reported on the Huntington campus in 2017, as opposed to 82 in 2016 and 88 in 2015. Marshall is not required by law to report the number of larcenies, but they include the numbers in the report in the interest of informing the community about the most reported crime.

Larceny is defined as the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another, such as a bicycle being stolen from a bike rack.

The majority of larceny happened on campus. Ten of the 75 reported larcenies in 2017 occurred in a student housing facility. Six occurred on non-campus property, such as a fraternity or sorority house.

Robbery, on the other hand, has seen a slight increase over the last three years. Students reported 16 robberies in 2017, mainly

off-campus, and 11 in 2016, compared to just four in 2015.

Robbery is taking a person’s property by force or threat of force/violence.

Burglary had a large spike in 2016 with 26 reported cases, but dropped back in 2017 to just seven reported cases. Two of those seven were in the student housing facilities. Burglary is unlawfully entering a structure with the intent to commit theft or a felony.

Two rapes were reported in 2017, down from five in 2016. Both cases were reported in the student housing facilities in 2017, as were three of the five in 2016. No rape was reported in 2015.

There were four cases of fondling in 2017, all in the residence halls. Fondling is defined as the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim. There were no reported cases of fondling in 2016 and only one in 2015 on non-campus property.

The university also reports incidences of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as part of the Violence Against Women Act. The university had two reported domestic violence incidences, two dating violence incidences and zero stalking incidences in 2017.

Three aggravated assaults were reported in 2017, one in the residence halls and two on non-campus property. This is up from two in 2016 and zero in 2015.

The only other reported crime was motor vehicle theft. Only one vehicle was stolen from campus in 2017, down from three in 2016.

The report also includes arrests and disciplinary referrals to the university Office of Judicial Affairs for weapons, drug abuse and liquor law violations.

In 2017, six arrests were made for weapons possession, compared to three in 2016 and one in 2015. One was on campus and the rest were on public property. Only one disciplinary referral for weapons possession was made, the first in three years.

Fifty-six drug abuse violation arrests were made, with 27 being on campus. This is down from 68 in 2016, though only 16 were made in 2015. There were only 12 disciplinary referrals for drug violations in 2017.

For liquor law violations, 51 arrests were made in 2017 — 20 in the student residence halls. Forty-five disciplinary referrals were made. Those numbers are steady over the three years.

The university also reports crime on the South Charleston and Mid-Ohio Valley campuses, but no crimes were reported at either location.

There were no hate crimes reported any of Marshall’s campuses in 2015, 2016 or 2017.

The full report can be found at http://www.marshall.edu/disclosures/files/Annual-Security-Report-2018-19.pdf.

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