Police Release 2001 Crime Statistics

Posted: September 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

The overall crime rate at George Mason has seen mild changes on the Fairfax Campus in 2001 according to the crime statistics recently released by the University Police Department.

From 2000 to 2001 the campus saw an increase in forcible sex offenses and robbery along with disciplinary referrals for weapons, drugs, and alcohol. However, the Fairfax Campus saw a decrease in aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, arson, and actual drug arrests. At both the Arlington and Prince William Campuses there was one report each of car theft, burglary, and drug arrests, up from zero the previous two years.

The most significant increase from 1999 to 2001 was the number of disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations. From 1999 to 2000 there were an additional 12 violations. From 2000 to 2001 the violations increased by 68 on campus and 63 in the student residences. The trend is continuing, with the University Police reporting that the 2002 statistics are showing 402 liquor law referrals as opposed to 363 in 2001.

“I don’t believe that this is an issue of more students abusing alcohol. It shows that we are aggressively addressing liquor law violations more efficiently,” says Police Chief Michael Lynch.

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