February 2, 2012
This year, the University began issuing safety alerts for any potential threat on or near campus. This new policy was intended to increase everyone's personal protection by providing ongoing information as it becomes available, and is now required by the federal government. An unintended consequence of this practice, however, has been a growing misperception that crime is on the rise.
To the contrary, Cleveland State has never been a safer place, and crime statistics have been declining steadily for the past decade. Reported incidences have dropped nearly 50 percent since 2005. In 2011, there were only 20 crimes reported at CSU — a statistically minute figure among a community of 20,000 people. (See the chart below)
Since last fall, we have taken a comprehensive approach toward enhancing many safety policies and procedures. New measures include additional foot patrols in and around campus buildings, substantially increasing the number of security cameras and the construction of a new state-of-the-art safety building on Chester Avenue.
New construction of the Campus Village project and the relocation of our theatre, dance and art programs have created an additional parking challenge. While many students, faculty and staff have been forced to change their personal preferences and park in unfamiliar areas, we are committed to keeping all of our parking facilities safe and secure, 24 hours a day.
Additional security forces have been assigned to patrol pathways to and from the South Garage next to the Wolstein Center and the Cole Center parking lot on East 30th Street between Euclid and Chester avenues. Both these facilities have ample capacity during the day when other garages are full. Escort Services are available 24 hours a day from the CSU Police Department.Although the new safety alerts have increased concern, we will continue to issue them in an effort to provide the best possible information about our campus. Safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority at Cleveland State. To build on that commitment, we want to hear from you. Join us for a public forum at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Student Center Ballroom. Or, email your thoughts and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald M. Berkman
*2011 Forcible Sex Offenses - the four reported incidents were committed by one individual who was apprehended within approximately a week upon the report of the first offense.
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