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Few surprises in annual crime statistics

STANFORD -- Various categories of crimes reported on the Stanford University campus generally were stable or decreased somewhat from 1993 to 1994, according to the annual statistics released by the Department of Public Safety.

"In general, Stanford remains a comparatively safe environment," said police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer. "However, there are a few areas where we're concerned."

One is the increasing number of guns and other weapons in society, an increase reflected in the Stanford statistics. There was just one incident involving a firearm in 1993, and seven last year. The number of incidents involving other weapons went from zero in both 1993 and 1992 to eight in 1994.

In most of the categories reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there was little change, except in cases of robbery, which rose from three to seven.

The FBI-reported crimes:

1993 1994

Arson 8 3

Aggravated assault 6 4

Burglary (structure) 178 175

Burglary (vehicle) 137 169

Manslaughter 0 0

Murder 0 0

Rape 0 1

Robbery 3 7

Theft-larceny 1235 1006

Theft-motor vehicle 31 20

Most of the thefts reported are in the categories of bicycle theft (643 in 1994, a decrease from 829 the previous year) and petty (766, down from 969 in 1993).

While there was one forcible rape reported on campus, the number of other sexual offenses (mainly indecent exposure) fell from 22 cases in 1993 to eight in 1994.

Alcoholic beverage violations decreased from 56 to 28, and arrests for driving under the influence fell, from 45 to 16.

In 1994, a total of 87 felony arrests were made, up from 59 the year before. Another 362 people were arrested for misdemeanors in 1994, down from 429 such arrests in 1993.

Moving violations increased from 479 to 613, and citations given to drivers of bicycles and mopeds increased from 98 to 387. Niemeyer said patrol officers were making more of an effort to cite bicyclists and moped drivers, in part because of increasing numbers of complaints about them.

Parking citation numbers were not yet compiled, but in recent years have been averaging nearly 40,000 a year.



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