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Crime this semester on the University of Colorado campus is best described as thievish, inebriated and tripped out with a couple of cases of abusiveness, according to police Lt. Tim McGraw.
“Since Aug. 15, we’ve taken 1,306 total reports, and 156 of those were thefts,” McGraw said. “It’s by plurality, not majority.”
Arrests for bicycle and laptop thefts, underage drinking and drug abuse kept the CU Police Department busy for most of this semester. However, this is what a typical semester of crime looks like for them, said McGraw.
“The most sought after (item to steal) is bicycles,” McGraw said. “Laptops tend to be a target as well. If people register (their bicycles and laptops), hopefully we can get them back to people.”
He said that most criminals do not remove registration stickers, so the CUPD has been able to return many items over the years.
About 147 criminal cases of alcohol were reported since Aug. 15, as well as 59 drug abuse cases.
“The majority (of those drug cases) were probably marijuana-related,” McGraw said.
He added that most alcohol-related crimes involve college parties or a minor with an open container of alcohol, which significantly drop after the semester ends for break.
Other typical crimes reported each semester include burglary and assault, although they do not occur as much as theft or underage drinking.
The CUPD finds most assaults are coupled with alcohol abuse. But since an assault or theft is a greater offense than underage drinking or alcohol abuse, only the greater offense is recorded.
“The records take the highest offense,” McGraw said.
McGraw said a couple of unique arrests were made on pharmaceutical and hard drug abuse cases this semester; the most recent case came from Farrand Field. These cases involved cocaine or Ritalin and Adderall abuse.
“It is a little atypical,” McGraw said.
Most drug abuse cases such as these are turned over to the Boulder County Task Force because they can better investigate and find the source of the drugs on campus, he said.
Only two cases of forcible rape were reported this semester; McGraw said the CUPD is aware that rape is a highly unreported crime.
“The case majority of rapes are from acquaintances,” McGraw said. “Each victim has his or her own reasons (for not reporting the crime).”
McGraw said over 50 percent of people arrested for crimes on the CU campus are not affiliated with CU at all. Rather, other people come to CU to commit crime.
For this reason, “it is important that (CU) works together as a community,” McGraw said. “It is important that (people) call (the police) even if it is a theft because it can be the tip of the iceberg.”