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Crime Rates Stay Low At Mercy College, Report Says

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Criminal activity at Mercy College remained at a low level last year, according to a report released last week by the Dobbs Ferry college.

Although the college reported low crime statistics for most offenses, aggravated assaults more than doubled from five in 2010 to 12 in 2011 according to the Mercy College Campus Safety Report. There also was a jump in the number of burglaries in 2011, rising from two in 2010 to 16 in 2011.

The yearly report of crime statistics on campus is required by the Clery Act, which mandates all colleges and universities receiving federal aid must record and make publicly available all crimes that happen on or near campus.

Despite the increase in those crimes, students and faculty said they feel safe on campus and don’t see crime as a major issue.

“It’s a small community,” said Alicia Trotman, a faculty member in the school of social and behavior science. “A lot of people know each other. It reduces the likelihood of people acting in an inappropriate manner.”

“It’s just a chill environment and nobody is really trying to do anything,” said Melissa Augustin, a sophomore. “Most students are commuters so there’s not a lot of dorms. Nobody really has beef like that around here.”

Christina Knight, also a sophomore, also cited the large commuter population and laid back atmosphere for the low level of crime at the college.

Although the college reported no instances of homicide, there were two cases of forcible sex, one in a non-campus building or property and one on public property adjacent to the campus. The number of total sex crimes in 2011 was higher than 2010, which saw no reported sex crimes, but lower than 2009 when three sex crimes were reported.

While there was a rise in some crimes on campus, the report showed a significant drop in liquor law violations requiring disciplinary action but not arrest. There were no violations reported in 2011, compared to 52 in 2010 and 21 in 2009, according to the report.

“Each year, the college closely examines and evaluates campus crime statistics with the unwavering goal of further strengthening campus safety,” officials said in a prepared statement. “We are currently reviewing this year’s information.”

The complete report is available here and a complete list of daily crime logs can be viewed at the safety department in room 234 in Main Hall at the Dobbs Ferry campus.

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